Priced out of a college education
We got a look at Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget last week. As he’d warned, there are “harmful cuts” in several areas so state government can “reinvest” in education, or at least the portion funding K-12.
But at a time when President Barack Obama and national pundits talk about the growing income gap between the very rich and the rest of us, Beshear’s budget again cuts funding for higher education.
Hold the congratulations for Congress
Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year.
The media have been commending Congress for finally doing its job.
This praise works only in the context of recent history, however. The bill that congressional leaders produced is hardly a triumph. Instead, it’s another example of Congress’s stubborn determination to deal itself out of the budgeting process. Let me explain.
Don’t leave backdoor open when you go out
The long-john tales just keep on pouring in. My grandniece, Shelbi Poole, wrote to say that her husband, Steven, still wears the one piece “union suit” jobs that my brothers and I grew up with, before going to the two piece type in adulthood.
Shelbi wanted to know if there is a name for that opening in the rear end. I told her that we always called it the “backdoor.”
The case of the plastered actor
In the theatrical world, the expression “go out and break a leg” means get ou there and wow the audience. Unfortunately, Norman took the expression a little too literally.
Salute to Jesse Crenshaw
Let me say something good about a good man. Jeff Hoover did, so why shouldn’t I?
This week Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, for the eighth time, shepherded through the state House of Representatives a measure to allow voters to change the state constitution to permit the automatic restoration of felons’ voting rights.
Smoking out the latest smoking-ban poll
A recent poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky may initially appear to indicate widespread support for a government-imposed statewide smoking ban – even in privately owned restaurants and bars and in local communities that already have implemented their various policies.
Legislative update from State Rep. Rita Smart
Battling snow, ice, record cold temperatures and epic wind chills, l made it to Frankfort for the 2014 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly that convened this week.
Dull week? Never in Frankfort
When I was a kid, a show briefly aired on American television called “That Was the Week That Was,” an American imitation of a satirical British program.
On Friday, concluding the first week of the 2014 General Assembly, it doesn’t seem like much was accomplished — but things did happen!
The case of the extravagent wife
Stinting Sam was able to convince his wife that economy began at home. To that end, his wife used his department store credit card only to buy necessities such as shoes, gloves and dresses, but nothing extravagant.
One day, Sam’s wife looked in the mirror and, deciding she wasn’t getting any younger, decided to live it up. The first thing she did was buy herself a $10,000 blue mink coat on her husband’s charge account.
Session’s first week: The good, the bad and the ugly
The classic main theme from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” serves as appropriate background music while perusing this column about the first week of the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
The Good: Pension reform is not dead.
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