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Opinion

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s March 2016 Hot Topics

     

    1.    Local consumers are receiving postcards from the Compliance Division. The postcard says to “please call immediately” to avoid potential fees or penalties. A local consumer said he called and was told to pay $70 in order to “clear up a matter.” This is a scam. 

  •   FRANKFORT – As Kentuckians prepare to celebrate one of the country’s most popular holidays, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are reminding drivers to make plans before your St. Patrick’s Day party begins.

  •  As citizens of this Commonwealth, state universities play a huge role in our lives, not only through our love of college sports but also the important job of educating our children. 

    Unfortunately, time and time again we hear the struggles of students who are drowning in debt because of student loans they simply cannot pay back. 

    Nationally, students owe over $1.3 trillion dollars in debt.

  •  High school students need more affordable pathways to college and workforce training, and Kentucky’s industries need more highly skilled, well-trained workers to expand their businesses as the economy improves.

    Last week, I joined House leaders in targeting these urgent issues through a bold new plan that would allow thousands of Kentucky’s high school students to emerge from a state community and technical college both career-ready and debt-free.

  •  If you are a member of Bullitt Fiscal Court, you have a difficult decision to make on this Wednesday morning.

    Do I take hold of a situation that really isn’t all my responsibility and agree to pay over $638,000 to the state of Kentucky to resolve a deficit incurred by the sheriff’s office over the past five years?

    Or do I not pay the 34 monthly installments of $14,000 and a final balloon payment of nearly $163,000 and risk the loss of regular law enforcement patrol by the sheriff’s office?

  •  FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is advising parents of college students to make sure their child is up-to-date on vaccination for protection against mumps, an infectious disease that has been reported recently at Kentucky universities – as well as other college campuses around the country.

  •  Bullitt County was founded in 1796.  Bullitt County was formed from parts of Jefferson County and Nelson County.  Its location is in the western Bluegrass Region known as the knobs.

    The first people to inhabit this area were the Paleo Indians.  They were hunters and some of the Native American Indians were Shawnee and Cherokee. 

    This area had mineral springs or salt licks, where big game of mammoth and bison once roamed.  This area was considered the Indians homeland and hunting grounds.

  •  As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

    Several meaningful bills passed the Senate this week and will now move on for consideration in the House of Representatives.

  •  FRANKFORT- Last week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value, transparency in government. 

    Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting.

    Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.

  •  Before our work together on the House floor each day, I hear testimony on a wide array of issues affecting Bullitt County and the Commonwealth in several legislative committees where I hold leadership roles.

  •  By the time Bullitt Fiscal Court meets on Tuesday night, all of this discussion could be moot.

    We hope it is.

    The last time we gathered we were deeply entrenched into the affairs of the Shepherdsville City Council.

    That drama continues as a lawsuit has been filed by two councilmembers against the former and current mayor and three councilmembers.

    And, of course, that resulted in no meeting due to no quorum last week.

    So you think it’s only bad in Shepherdsville?

    Not so fast.

    Look at Hillview.

  •  Here’s a chilling fact. If all 4.3 million Kentuckians were asked to pitch in to fix the state’s $36 billion public pension problem, every man, woman and child in the commonwealth would have to pay $8,268.

    That $36 billion obligation represents the unfunded liabilities that make Kentucky’s public pension systems among the worst-funded in the United States. (An unfunded liability is the difference between the value of pension benefits promised and the value of assets a pension plan has on hand.)

  •  We will look back 25, 50, 75, and 99 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of February.

     

    1991 - 25 Years Ago

    George Valentine was pictured in the paper receiving congratulations from Leon Remington on his appointment as the interim school superintendent.

  •   It might have taken longer than normal, but the flu has finally started to pop up in Kentucky. Locally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu activity as widespread. Health officials say many of these germs are being spread by children.

    Drew Duerson, M.D., pediatrician with Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Shepherdsville, explains why the flu likes to strike this time of year.

  •  Heated floor speeches, huge committee hearings, and the observance of Presidents’ Day highlighted the seventh week of the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. As we have passed the halfway point of this session, the countdown begins as we in the Senate anticipate the forthcoming 2016-2018 budget bill from the House of Representatives.

    There was no shortage of bill movement in the Senate this week as we passed two of our priority bills, Senate Bill (SB) 1 and SB 5.

  •   Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.

  •  Let’s clear the air. An automated, pre-recorded “robo call‚“ was made two weeks ago lying about how I voted on Senate Bill 4.

    I urge you, please, before you believe the calls, check the facts. We were taking a procedural vote, which means we were voting on rules on how to take up a topic, not on a particular issue.

    We were being pushed to vote on a procedural motion to bypass the committee system and suspend the rules to vote on a bill before it has been debated and, in some cases, even read. I don’r think that’s fair.

  •  The question is a good one... when will the circus leave town?

    There was nothing positive that could be taken from the meeting last week of the Shepherdsville City Council. And the lone winner may have been the man who started all the commotion -- former mayor Scott Ellis -- because the attention shifted quickly from his resignation to the way his position was filled.

    Over the past year, there had been a cloud hanging over the heads of Shepherdsville residents.

  •  It’s February and love is in the air! But if your new boo is someone you met online, he or she could be a scammer… especially if you haven’t yet met in person. BBB is warning those who are “looking for love” to be wary year-round, but especially around Valentine’s Day, when it may be tempting to let your guard down!

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s February 2016 Hot Topics

    1.    BBB has received several calls about fake government grants. Scammers tell local consumers they are eligible for a federal grant, because they pay their bills on time. All they have to do is pay an upfront fee. This is a scam.