A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Ron Daley: In southeastern KY to be future work ready, we must build our own global economy ports

Our communities need to move beyond “Kentucky Work Ready Communities” to “Future Work Ready Communities.” Communities need to advance to a higher level of community and economic development, ensuring they build their own global economy ports. The Kentucky State Workforce Board and Economic Development Cabinet deserve praise for establishing the highest level of standards in the nation for...

Letter to the Editor: Rachel Newton says Arthur Laffer’s ‘archaic ideas’ on KY tax reform are troubling

To run a successful business, it only makes sense to bring in more than it hands out.  The same is true for our Commonwealth;  to be successful, Kentucky must bring in more tax revenue than it gives away in tax breaks.  Unfortunately, this is not how Kentucky’s current code operates.  Presently, our great state gives away approximately $12 billion a year in tax breaks and collects approximately...

Anna Baumann: KY undocumented immigrants pay $36.6m in state, local taxes; reform could increase

Undocumented immigrants living in Kentucky pay $36.6 million in state and local taxes each year, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. These substantial tax contributions should be acknowledged as lawmakers consider the economic and social impact of immigration policy and enforcement in the U.S. – including a recent executive order that expands the groups...

Ryan Quarles: Consider agriculture’s importance on National Ag day — remember where food comes from

National Ag Day is March 21, and it is a good time to reflect on some of the many ways agriculture affects us every day. Agriculture is a major economic driver in Kentucky and the United States. Nationally, it is one of few sectors that can boast a trade surplus. In Kentucky, agricultural exports totaled an estimated $1.46 billion in 2015. A University of Kentucky report found that agriculture and...

Jay Brewer: Thanks, Mom and Dad, for making me a ‘Zero;’ take the ‘Adverse Childhood’ test for yourself

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for making me a Zero. That’s right, a zero.   We most often associate being a zero with being a bad thing, but in this case it is a wonderful gift! Let me explain! Recent studies into Adverse Childhood Experiences has created a wealth of research into how early childhood experiences impact our physical, emotional, and mental well-being later in life.  These experiences go beyond...

Bill Straub: Planned Parenthood provides important service and Republicans can’t make that go away

WASHINGTON – For years, right-wing lawmakers in Washington and Frankfort have been pursuing Planned Parenthood in the same way Wile E. Coyote chases that elusive Road Runner. Even the results are strikingly similar – they never nab their prey and they wind up looking increasingly ridiculous as an anvil drops on their heads. Planned Parenthood has proved an available target of critics since its...

Geoffrey Mearns: Legislative priority, outcomes-based funding model, goes to Governor; more to do

A message sent to the university community: For 20 years, Kentucky has funded public higher education based upon historic politics, rather than student outcomes. That antiquated approach has been a detriment to institutions like NKU, because of our significant growth during that time.  It’s also been an impediment to increasing degree productivity all across the Commonwealth.     Yesterday, the...

Prichard Committee: Finding common ground on charter schools in Kentucky as bill goes to Senate

By Brigitte Blom Ramsey Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Charter school legislation hangs in the balance in the waning days of the 2017 session of Kentucky’s General Assembly.  At the center of the ongoing debate is HB520 – passed Wednesday on the House floor after three hours of intense discussion and yet to be heard in Senate committee.  We agree with strong assertions on both sides...

Brent Cooper: NKU is already a winner — great national exposure in game against the Big Blue

As soon as it was announced that Northern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team would be playing the University of Kentucky on Friday, March 17th, social media went ablaze with some surprising comments from local fans. Some were upset that two local teams were being forced to play each other. Why should one of our local teams be forced to lose in the first round? Some were upset because...

Open Letter to Gov. Bevin regarding the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law from national human rights advocates

Dear Governor Bevin: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national advocacy organizations, we write to express our opposition to Kentucky’s House Bill (H.B.) 14, often referred to as the “Blue Lives Matter Law.” H.B. 14 would make it a hate crime to threaten, harass, assault, or engage in disorderly conduct toward police officers, firefighters,...

Gary Moore: Protecting First Responders and the Public; judge-executive explains 911 dwelling unit fee

Public safety is a core responsibility of local government and one of the highest priorities for the elected officials in Boone County. Moore In order to meet this responsibility, at the March 7 meeting of the Fiscal Court, the County Commissioners and I affirmed our support for a new regional communications system and to ensure a proper funding source for the County’s 911 service. Two commissioners...

Commentary: House plan unwinds coverage gains, makes harmful changes to Medicaid program

By Dustin Pugel Special to NKyTribune By several measures, Kentucky has been the nation’s biggest winner from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nearly seven years later, those gains and more are at risk in the recently released American Health Care Act (AHCA) – which not only fails to replace the ACA resulting in lost coverage for millions, but goes beyond it to restructure the Medicaid program in...

Bill Straub: To no one’s surprise, under GOP health plan, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

WASHINGTON – If, as Forrest Gump’s mom was fond of saying, “Stupid is as stupid does,’’ there is a whole lot of people doing stupid in the nation’s capital these days. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t hardly identify the stupid without a scorecard. Most of the horrors are, of course, emanating from the White House, where President Donald J. Trump often seems out to prove that...

Stephen Pruitt: Come to a Town Hall and make yourself heard on new accountability system

One year ago I began a listening tour of 11 town hall meetings throughout Kentucky. During those meetings, I asked those who attended what they valued in the Commonwealth’s public schools. This would serve as the basis for building our new accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act. What we often heard was the new system should focus on the welfare of all students and promote good...

Billy Reed: Ah, baseball (my favorite) — following Reds’ Amir Garrett, celebrating greats, trivia . . .

This baseball season I’m going to closely follow the development of Amir Garrett of the Cincinnati Reds, a 6-foot-5 lefthander who has been slowly working his way up the minor-league chain. One reason is that the Reds have been my favorite team since the side-arming Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell was baffling National League hitters in the late 1940s and early ‘50s. But what really caught my attention...