A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bill Straub: Republicans are on verge of adopting bad tax cut measure; they’ll lie — and get away with it

Senate Republicans are on the verge of adopting a tax cut measure that will make the old Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island look like the Garden of Eden and are looking to their always reliable playbook to sell this Krakatoa-sized disaster to an understandably doubting public. Put simply, they will lie. And if history is any guide, they stand a good chance of getting away with it – at least...

Mitch McConnell: Republican tax reform plan aims to put more money into pockets of American families

For the last decade, many Kentucky families have been left behind by the Obama economy. It seemed like only the wealthy or the well-connected were able to succeed, leaving the rest behind to struggle through the slowest economic recovery following a major recession since the Great Depression. With stagnating paychecks, vanishing opportunities, and work difficult to find, the pain for far too many...

Brent Cooper: FC Cincinnati is welcome in NKY but fans win if they land anywhere in the region

Along with thousands throughout the region, I am an FC Cincinnati soccer fan. The atmosphere they’ve created has been electrifying. Fans from all over the Greater Cincinnati region come to watch them play. That includes Northern Kentucky. When businesses are considering Northern Kentucky, we include FC Cincinnati in our top highlights as a major selling point. Businesses which trade internationally...

William McCann: Kentucky’s newly-adopted charter schools law may mean further cuts to arts education

I am conflicted about the newly adopted charter schools law for which regulations are now being promulgated by the Kentucky Department of Education. Studies have shown that charter schools are no better than the public schools with which they compete. But since charter schools are paid for out of state education coffers the result is that charter schools will cause the Kentucky elementary-secondary...

Lynne Saddler: Northern Kentucky Health Department redesigns website to make it easier to find help

For many people, the nkyhealth.org website is the first experience they have with the Northern Kentucky Health Department. We consider it our virtual front door. Users come to the site looking for the latest food inspections scores, for information about the services available at our county health centers and perhaps for details about a job opportunity with the Health Department. Almost 5,000 people...

Americans First: A tax reform plan to help American citizens, not corporations

American citizens who believe in a fair and equitable tax system should be incensed by the Republican tax plans. The Republican establishment still fails to understand that our citizens are tired of a government run for powerful corporations and the super-rich instead of our hard-working citizens. The Republican Senate proposal and the bill that just passed the House have some differences but one...

Beth Underwood: Family traditions are family traditions, in one form or another, and can change

Ah, traditions. Whether they’re a component of major holidays or part of our weekly rituals, we all have traditions in one form or another. For some, it may mean a chili dinner with the family before the kids go trick-or-treating. For others, it could be pancakes every Sunday morning. In our family, it means lining up for our annual flu shots on Thanksgiving. That’s right. We know how to party. ...

Bill Straub: It’s about time to talk about sexual harassment; but not all instances are the same

WASHINGTON – I just informed my glorious wife that, with Thanksgiving upon us, I would rather suffer through a barium enema than write the column that follows. But the odious subject of sexual harassment/abuse, and the new public standards for judging such crude and loutish behavior that appear to be falling into place, simply cannot be ignored. Why the dread? Because no matter how heartfelt one...

Constance Alexander: Celebrating many happy Thanksgiving memories, past, present and future

I remember the year my sister dropped the turkey on the kitchen floor, as she was transferring it from roasting pan to platter. We invoked the 3-second rule and swore each other to secrecy, so my mother never found out. Whew! Making the gravy was always my least favorite part of the traditional meal preparation. No matter how careful you were to stir properly, lumps of flour lurked at the bottom of...

KY Realtors: Tax bills include sweeping changes to homeowners’ benefits, direct threats to consumers

The legislative proposals for tax reform passed by the House Ways and Means Committee and the new Senate plan released last week include some sweeping changes to the tax benefits that homeowners have come to depend on. According to Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR) and the National Association of REALTORS®, the bills are a direct threat to consumers, homeowners and businesses, as they represent a tax increase...

John Schickel: Reflections for this Thanksgiving season; remember those who need helping hand

It is modern gun deer season in Kentucky and I have seen some great pictures of giant bucks that have been harvested by Boone County hunters as the leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort.   This Thanksgiving...

Brent Cooper: Quality education is key to strong NKY economy; must focus on all components for success

It has been said that the economic vitality of any region is directly tied to the quality of educational opportunities that exist in the region. It’s no wonder the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce places such a high degree of importance on P-20 education throughout our region. Indeed, we believe education is central to achieving our mission to promote and support the development of strong businesses...

Richard Nelson: On sexual harassment, we need a cultural assessment, and each of us must stand up

Sexual harassment and allegations of abuse by high profile politicians is dominating the news and as distasteful the details and disappointed we may be in our political candidates and leaders, we’re forced to process this cultural moment and how to appropriately respond. Where to begin? How about with empathy toward the women who’ve come out of the shadows to share their stories? It takes...

Mark Guilfoyle: Workforce development challenge requires effort; start with scholarship tax credits

In Northern Kentucky, and across the Commonwealth, we face a workforce development challenge that inhibits our ability to attract new business and undermines the competitiveness of existing businesses in our state. As a leader with the Kentucky Workforce Center and the Kentucky Chamber Commerce, I often hear the same concern — what is the Commonwealth doing to address the record number of job openings...

Gov. Matt Bevin: U.S. antiquated tax code needs to be modernized so America can be more competitive

Recently, our national economy has been rebounding following a long period of tepid recovery. That makes this the perfect time to tackle federal tax reform, and I applaud President Trump for his leadership on this issue.   In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our administration understands the importance of modernizing our antiquated tax structure in order to make our state more business friendly. Our...