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For many months, we have been working to resolve the toughest financial crisis Kentucky has ever faced, a crisis that began many years ago and that previous governors and legislators either negligently handled or ignored. It is now snowballing out of control.
House Bill 216 passed by the House State Government Committee on a divided vote is based on the astounding premise that hiding the identities of those who make decisions regarding the commonwealth’s largest public-building projects actually protects the process from corruption.
Families in Kentucky and throughout the nation are bravely confronting substance abuse – including heroin, prescription drugs, and an alarming resurgence of methamphetamine – and law enforcement is working hard to help.
Our community speaks through its local school board. A takeover by state officials would diminish that voice. Public schools and locally elected boards to govern them are cornerstones of our American democracy.
House Bill 227 would end net metering, a simple and effective policy that allows customers with solar electric systems to connect to the power grid and be credited for excess energy fed back to the grid when they produce more than they need.
Kentucky made a huge $700 million increase in contributions to pensions in the last budget, and there’s strong evidence these increased payments are paying off. So why do proponents say an additional $500 million is needed next year?