A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Anna Baumann: Year-end state revenue shortfall shows need for corrective actions on tax reform

Kentucky ended the 2017 fiscal year with $138.5 million less in General Fund revenue than economists predicted would be collected. The shortfall puts slightly more pressure on investments in our schools, universities and community colleges, health and human services and other building blocks of Kentucky communities. And its details reinforce the need to generate more revenue in ways that will work. Total...

Bill Straub: McConnell learns the hard way that depriving 22 million of health care not the best idea

Listen closely and you might hear the slightly edited and decidedly un-dulcet tones of the late Howard Cosell bellowing in the back of your mind: “Down goes Root ’n Branch!!! Down goes Root ‘n Branch.’’ Indeed, it has not proved to be a particularly prosperous time for Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell, of Louisville, who this week suffered one of the most...

Joseph Meyer: Right-size the Brent Spence Bridge project; here’s why current plan won’t work

The current version of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project is dead. It’s too expensive. President Trump and Transportation Secretary Chao have been clear that a huge river of money won’t flow from Washington. The Kentucky General Assembly won’t authorize tolls. There is not enough money. Recent assertions of “majority support” for tolls, pushed by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce,...

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Across the state, the message is clear: Make Washington work for Kentucky

After celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, I traveled around the Commonwealth to hear directly from Kentuckians. By engaging with families, individuals, and community leaders across the state, I am better able to bring their concerns to the United States Senate and serve as their voice in Washington. During a visit to Paducah, I was proud to stand with local officials to announce that the...

Commentary: Eight members of legislature propose way forward on tax reform; burden not on poor

From: Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Tom Burch, Rep. Attica Scott, Rep. Kelly Flood, Rep. Reginald Meeks, Rep. George Brown Jr., Rep. Mary Lou Marzian and Rep. Joni Jenkins We applaud Gov. Matt Bevin for seeking input on how to overhaul Kentucky’s tax code and ensure our obligations to public workers and retirees are met. There is really no question Kentucky needs to clean up its tax code so we can generate...

David Armstrong: Thomas More College to host compliance conference amid changing landscape

During the last two administrations, the U.S government began to oversee our nation’s universities with the same rigor it has applied to banking, securities, healthcare, and other highly regulated sectors. Colleges are now increasingly accountable to a federal bureaucracy for, among other duties, promoting campus safety and assuring equal access to education for persons with disabilities. The onus...

Lyn Hacker: A reminder that ‘a little touch of camaraderie’ can make a big difference

I was reading on a friend’s Facebook page the other day about a situation she ran into at a big box store, where she was talking on her cell phone while walking and shopping. She noticed, and moved out of the way, of an elderly lady who was passing, and then continued on, talking and shopping at the same time. The elderly lady came back at her, yelling at her loudly in the store about being on her...

Bill Straub: Opining on greatest of journalism as it once was (or wasn’t), why it’s better than alternative

The late Jimmy Breslin, the greatest columnist in the history of the world (and my personal journalistic hero), was renowned as a reporter who could care less about what other people thought of him. “You’re supposed to be scruffy and despised,” Breslin once growled regarding his chosen profession. “You’re not supposed to be honored.’’ Indeed, despite claims to the contrary, news...

Brent Cooper: Leadership Northern Kentucky is critical to our region’s long-term success

Whether you know it or not, Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK) is a critical ingredient in the long-term success of our community. The contributions by LNK classes over the years are wide ranging. LNK classes have done everything from installing handicap doors at Redwood, to creating a Healthy newborn site for Transitions that serves mother’s going through addiction recovery. Without LNK, there...

John Schickel: Sen. Jim Bunning was a force to be reckoned with, but also had a soft side

As your state senator, I attend many funerals of Northern Kentuckians. The recent funeral of former United States Senator and Big League Hall of Famer, Jim Bunning, had a profound effect on me. Sen. Schickel The funeral was held at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. Northern Kentucky lost a great citizen when former United States Senator Jim Bunning passed away on May...

Andy Beshear: Kentucky must act after U.S. Supreme Court ruling in North Carolina sex offender case

Last month’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in a North Carolina case creates a serious problem for Kentucky law enforcement who seek to protect children from sexual predators. On June 19, 2017, the nation’s highest court rendered a unanimous opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. The Court’s ruling found a particular North Carolina statute unconstitutional as an infringement upon...

Commentary: Our experiences frame what we understand about ourselves and the world around us

By Eli Capilouto Special to NKyTribune Consider the story of a teacher I recently heard about: Young and enthusiastic, she faced a classroom in Los Angeles with the task of teaching them about negative numbers. She struggled. And they couldn’t grasp it, no matter how many times she would try to explain the concept. Capilouto A short time later she returned home to her native Minneapolis, teaching...

Bill Straub: In the world of Donald Trump, reality is no longer relevant as truth takes a near daily beating

WASHINGTON – You know things are rapidly running out of control in this great country of ours when you can’t find a legitimate and honest way to avoid calling the 45th president of the United States a pig. But there’s simply no getting around it, and everyone with a rational bone in his or her body has by this time, less than six months after he took the oath, come to realize that Donald J....

Colleen Fausz: Increase tax benefit of charitable contributions with Endow Kentucky Tax Credit

How can you increase the tax benefit of your charitable giving? Fausz The Endow Kentucky Tax Credit provides a state tax credit for gifts to endowed funds held by qualified community foundations.  Each year, Kentucky allocates a credit pool of up to $1 million for qualifying gifts made by Kentucky taxpayers. According to tax attorney Colleen Fausz, DBL Law, individuals must act fast to receive the...

Constance Alexander: Reading of Declaration of Independence inspires quest for knowledge

 The Visitors Bureau of Murray, Ky., promised that July 4 would be a day of, “Family fun and patriotic spirit” with a “jam-packed” calendar of events They were not kidding. Alexander Starting on June 29 with Lil’ Mr. and Miss Freedom Fest pageant, the lead-up to Independence Day included the Murray Art Guild’s 50th birthday celebration, a 5K race, a Boy Scout Memorial Breakfast, a parade...