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Editorials

  • Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate at lowest level since 2000

    Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

    Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

    The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in 2017 from 4.9 percent in 2016.

  • AAA offers tips on staying safe on wet roadways

    Weather plays a role in driver safety regardless of what time of year it may be. From wind and rain to snow and ice, travelers routinely navigate roads when conditions are far from ideal.

    Wet roadways are a common occurrence. The automotive resource AAA advises that wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. Many crashes occur when drivers do not recognize the need to change their driving habits in wet conditions. Mastering driving techniques on slick, water-logged roads can help motorists avoid accidents and injuries.

  • It’s time to start thinking about fertilizing your pastures and fields

    By David Kessler

    Marion Co. Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent

  • Budget proposal moves to House for consideration

    By Rep. Daniel Elliott

    On Tuesday, to mark the official kick-off of crafting Kentucky’s two-year budget, Governor Matt Bevin presented his budget proposal while addressing the General Assembly in a Joint Session for the annual State of the Commonwealth. Kentuckians, along with members of the House and Senate, Cabinet Secretaries, and Supreme Court Justices, listened intently for what many feared would be one of the trimmest, most austere budgets in recent Kentucky history.

  • Budget address a first step

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week.

  • Will pension funding engulf entire budget?

    By Jim Waters

    Your humble correspondent warned for years the day would come when public-pension funding crowded out government services Kentuckians on both sides of the political aisle care about.

    I’ve also warned repeatedly that dumping more money into the systems without stopping the bleeding will create additional pressures on an already-strained budget while failing to fix our pension woes.

    Despite fervently hoping such prophecies were wrong, they now find fulfillment in Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two-year budget.

  • State Senate Legislative committe system in overdrive

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    Now that the General Assembly is in the home stretch of the current legislative session, activity in the legislative committee system is in overdrive. There are only a couple of weeks left in the 2018 Session. The pace of activity in the Capitol is sure to continue increasing in the days ahead as the Senate continues work on the Commonwealth’s budget proposal.

  • $1 more for cigarettes paves way toward a healthier generation

    By Ben Chandler

    Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow

    Recently, a coalition of more than 100 health care, business, education, and health advocacy groups comprising the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow called on the Kentucky legislature to raise the state tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack, with parallel increases in taxes on other tobacco products.

    A Win for Health

  • Helping those struggling with addiction

    By Sen. Mitch McConnell

    The pain of the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country — especially here in Kentucky. For years, I have worked with my colleagues in Congress to fight back. Just recently, President Donald Trump took a significant step by formally recognizing a public health emergency for opioids.

    I commend the President for reaffirming his commitment to tackling this critical problem, and I am proud to stand with him as we continue combatting this heartbreaking issue.

  • Misconceptions abound about KentuckyWired

    From Randy Lutke
    KCNA Communications Director

    In the interest of openness and transparency, the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) would like to address some statements about KentuckyWired that have appeared in the public forum lately. KCNA would like Kentucky’s citizens to be properly informed.

    Misconception #1. Stopping the project