What was Matt Bevin’s motivation when he decided to run for governor?
In his first few months in office, he has seemed to care less for the common good of this state than for feeding his own ego.
His line-item veto at the end of the legislative session was more of a political maneuver than an act of good governing. His management of the budget resembles a CEO looking at a profit-and-loss spreadsheet.
Sadly, these cuts affect people’s lives. Certain expenditures are necessary for the welfare of the citizens. Education is an investment. Bevin vetoed expanded eligibility for public preschools. He cut funding for state universities. He vetoed a scholarship for high school graduates to have free tuition for community colleges.
His pledge was to get “Kentucky’s fiscal house in order.” That is where thoughtful management comes into play. Fund what is important. An educated populace is attractive to new business and economic ventures. Education gives opportunity to prepare people for better jobs, which helps the economy.
The Founding Fathers understood the importance of public education. My hope is that Bevin will come to value knowledge, the value of education and ultimately the future of Kentucky’s youth.