Mosquitoes were not a concern in Kentucky in February, when the World Health Organization declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global public health emergency and President Barack Obama asked Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the disease.
Questionable provisions sometimes sneak into the state budget at the last minute with no obvious sponsor or any debate. Thanks to Gov. Matt Bevin for vetoing one such provision that would have given local governments the option of no longer publishing their financial reports in the local newspaper.
Our state leads the nation in percentage of children who have had an incarcerated parent. That should shock Kentuckians into action: Children affected by a parent’s imprisonment need more support. And Kentucky must develop alternatives to locking up so many of its people.
The only remarkable thing about the decision announced Wednesday to put Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill is that it took so long. Tubman will be one of the few women ever depicted on the front of U.S. currency and the first African-American.
Michigan’s attorney general said yesterday that three state and local government employees have been criminally charged as a result of an investigation into the toxic levels of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Mich., promising the charges are “only the beginning and there will be more to come.”
The State of Kentucky did the right thing this week when it agreed to settle a lawsuit requiring release of case documents related to children who were killed or grievously harmed due to abuse and neglect.
Thanks to the efforts of the Kentucky General Assembly this session our grossly underfunded public pension funds will get needed cash infusions. Unfortunately, to the discredit of that same legislative body, we won’t know much more about how those funds are managing the billions under their control than we did before.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' proposal to make college and university tuition-free earned a lengthy cheer from the audience during his speech at the Lexington Center Heritage Hall on Wednesday.