Road Project Summer Update

Traffic Study to Guide Planning for Future As I meet many of you this summer, I am often asked what the number one issue is in the 36th District.   My response, which is normally met by emphatic agreement, is the growing traffic problem in far eastern Jefferson County.  If you are like me and have … Read More

New State Laws Effective July 14

Kentucky’s Unemployment Hits Historic Low I hope you are having a good summer, despite the heat. Kentucky’s economy is also red-hot, as unemployment has fallen to historic lows.  For the first quarter of 2018, Kentucky’s 5.7% increase in personal income was the 4th highest of the United States. Boosting our economy has been the focus … Read More

What is the Interim Session?

A Time to Discuss Possible Future Legislation While summer usually means time away from work, those of us in the General Assembly have begun gathering in Frankfort to begin our annual Interim Session.  Don’t worry; we can’t pass bills – good or bad – until next January.  Interim Session is “Gov-speak” for the six month … Read More

Legislative Round-Up: From Adoption to Workers Compensation

In past e-Newsletters, I’ve focused on the big issues, like pensions, roads, taxes and budgets.  The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 Regular Session also passed some very significant measures that I’ll review below. With so many difficult problems to work on, it has been a challenging few months. I very much appreciate your input and attempted … Read More

Past Sins and Future Hopes

Record Funding for Pensions and K-12 Education Past sins and future hopes drove the major decisions of the recently concluded 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly.  The major “sins” of the past are Kentucky’s retirement plans, underfunded a collective $43 Billion, which are among the worst funded in the nation. We had to allot $1.1 … Read More

Budget Compromises and Vetoes

I was about to send this edition of my newsletter Monday morning when I heard that the Governor would hold a press conference at 10:45. In case you haven’t heard, he announced that rather than using “line-item” vetoes, he would veto both the budget and revenue bills in total that I discuss below.  We convene … Read More

Budget Negotiations Underway

5 days left to pass budget and pension bills Since Friday morning, a Free Conference Committee has been meeting, consisting of leaders from the House and the Senate. It has the name “Free” because it has the freedom to make any additions or other changes it takes to reach consensus.  Its purpose is to take … Read More

Louisville Metro Council member Jerry Miller to seek new House seat

Louisville Metro Council member Jerry Miller will seek the new 36th District seat in the state House of Representatives next year. Miller, R-19th District, joined the council in 2010, succeeding Hal Heiner, who ran for mayor. It was Miller’s first run for public office. Miller, of Eastwood, represents the suburban cities of Blue Ridge Manor, … Read More