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Opinion

  •  FRANKFORT - The top issue of the 2014 Regular Session started its journey this past week, as Governor Steve Beshear laid out his thoughts and ideas for a new two-year budget for the Commonwealth.

    Education, which a majority of members in the General Assembly view as in dire need of more money, would receive an additional $71 million in the first year of the budget, Fiscal Year 2015, and $118 million in Fiscal Year 2016 under the Governor’s proposed budget.

  •  In year one, I have discovered there are many misconceptions or misunderstandings about the clerk’s office.  Some of the most prevalent will be discussed in this article.

    Driver’s License Middle Name:  My middle name isn’t McG my aunt told me after renewing her driver’s license.  She is not the only one who has experienced the 3 letter middle name that is not the driver’s legal name. 

  •  Many of you will get assistance from a professional tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes this year. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cause the taxpayer a lot of headaches, fines, and fees.

  •  Best regards to you and your family for the New Year. The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. 

    I hope you got through the arctic weather safe and without any damage, though many had to deal with pipes bursting and power outages.

    School is back in session and the work of the year in full swing.

    January 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two year budget for Kentucky. 

  •  Our legislators are now in Frankfort. We  trust that they are there to help the constituents.

    We fear that since it is time to put a biennium budget together, it might be more gridlock than progress.

    Before that is decided, however, it might be the race to see what Constitutional amendments are placed on the ballot for consideration in the fall.

    Only two such measures can be on the ballot but several have already been mentioned in the first couple of weeks.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 17, 2014) – The first full week of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in the book, and while we await the start of debate and discussion on the top issue facing us, drafting a new budget, several bills began being heard in committees.

  •  At crunch time, there are plenty of comments and suggestions being offered on the proposed land-use plan for Bullitt County.

    This is not unexpected.

    The public has until Jan. 31 to submit suggestions to the plans devised by consultant Kriss Lowry. Those must be turned into the Bullitt County Planning office in the courthouse annex.

    A public meeting will be held on Feb. 20 for anyone wishing to make comments.

  •  In the corporate world, no merger or buyout should be surprising.

    It is normally just a surprise to those who are most affected - the employee.

    On Monday, Beam Inc. and Suntory Holdings of Japan announced their plans to join forces.

    For those who own Beam stock, it will be a great deal as they would be paid around $83 per share, up 25 percent over the Friday’s closing price.

    The purchase price would be a cool $16.5 billion, maybe a little smoother than any of Beam’s finest bourbons.

  •  FRANKFORT - As the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, it is worth taking one last look back at 2013, to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

    We call this period the interim, and it begins each year during the late spring and continues through the holidays.

  •  It is already January and we are earnestly preparing for the next school year.

    Even in a “normal” school district, there a lot of things that must happen between January and August.

    I’m happy to say that BCPS is anything but a normal school district.

    We are fortunate to have a crop of educational leaders and teachers in this district who are never satisfied with the status quo.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2014 Hot Topics!

  •  While it appears certain that there is no certainty on who represents Bullitt County in the General Assembly, it is certain that  you must make your voices heard.

    The 2014 General Assembly is back in session this week.

    Redistricting occurred last summer. Bullitt County had some changes in its alignment both in the House and in the Senate.

  •  MILWAUKEE, WI – Winter is here, along with the temptation to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa all season long. Chilly temperatures deter many from exercising outdoors, and while some prefer to head to the gym to keep up their fitness routine, seasonal activities can also offer great full-body workouts, says TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. Consider the following activities to break out of your routine and stave off winter weight gain.

  •  FRANKFORT - While there are dozens of issues considered during a legislative session, the General Assembly’s top priority in even-numbered years is always the same: Adopt a budget to run state government.

    Although planning began months ago, the first official stop of what is a multi-stage process came a little before Christmas, when the state’s Consensus Forecasting Group gave its final revenue forecast and predicted growth of about 2.6 percent annually for the next two fiscal years.

  •  In compiling some of the highlights and lowlights of the past year, it is easy to see that Bullitt County had a pretty good year.

    Besides some bickering, it is evident that some major accomplishments were made.

    The school system achieved its best testing marks ever.

    The dream of having a college in the county got a much-needed kickstart as a new way to finance the actual building has started.

    The county has gotten the tag of being a community at work in progress.

  •  FRANKFORT - When you think of the Christmas season, what comes to mind?

    Perhaps going to your child’s holiday play at their school?

    Or fighting the crowds at your local mall to get the newest smart phone?

    For most of us, Christmas is a time to give thanks for what we have been given in the past 12 months, and share the goodwill with family and friends to remember why we celebrate Christmas every December.

    It’s also about the hope we have on Christmas and every day for the future of our nation and our Commonwealth.

  •  FRANKFORT - It may seem to start a little earlier every year, and it may fatten our waistlines while it thins our wallets, but there really is no time more special than the holidays.

    That is especially true here in the Commonwealth, where there is always something to do to get in the spirit of the season, from Christmas parades and concerts to numerous events at our churches, schools and state parks.

  •  Each year, BBB receives calls after the holidays from upset consumers who are stuck with items they cannot return. This holiday season, BBB wants to remind consumers to know their rights. BBB offers this advice on returns/exchanges:

    Returns are a store policy – not a law. Find out about a store’s return policies before making a purchase. Some stores require products be returned within a specific period of time.

  •  BBB is warning, if you shopped at Target lately, CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS. The store announced it has been hit by a major credit-card attack involving up to 40 million consumer accounts. The credit card breach took place between November 27 and December 15, 2013. It involves the theft of information stored on the magnetic stripe on the backs of cards used at nearly all of Target's stores around the country.

    BBB offers these tips:

  •  The City of Lebanon Junction received a little bit of money.

    But, more importantly, the city now has a steady supply of resources from the Louisville Water Co.

    A recent agreement guarantees that Lebanon Junction residents will no longer have to be concerned over the flow of their water supply.

    Louisville Water Co. will now be the sole supplier to water to Lebanon Junction.

    For years, the agency has been a supplier for a portion of the city’s demands. Now, Bardstown will not be relied upon.