Kentucky’s education leaders are getting behind the latest push for casino gambling. Legislation has already been filed for the 2014 General Assembly.
The Kentucky School Boards Association recently voiced its support for letting voters decide whether to allow expanded gaming. KSBA Spokesman Brad Hughes says education has lost tens of millions of dollars since 2008.
"We have textbooks that have zero funding right now, preschool has been cut dramatically, teacher training has been cut dramatically, so the revenues are needed," insisted Hughes.
The School Boards Association also believes that until casino gambling is given an up or down vote, the state won’t seek out other means of new revenue. Hughes is quite certain tax reform won’t come in 2014.
"Everybody agrees there's the probability of increasing state revenue by modernizing the tax code, but it is an election year, and what we're hearing isn't very positive," he added.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will ask lawmakers next year for 300 million dollars more than what’s in the current budget.
A Kentucky lawmaker has deleted a Thanksgiving Tweet over concerns it may be misinterpreted as a joke about Native American genocide.
In response to comments on gun control made by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kentucky Rep. Brian Linder, a Republican from Dry Ridge, tweeted Friday that “If the Pilgrims had gun control, we wouldn’t have Thanksgiving.”
Linder explained to Kentucky Public Radio that the joke was about gun control preventing pilgrims from hunting turkeys.
“Thanksgiving is, you know, traditionally you have turkey, and so what I meant was you wouldn’t be able to have turkey. I know see that it, I could see where people have misunderstood what I meant.”
Louisville Rep. Reginald Meeks, who is part Cherokee, doesn't believe it. He called Linder’s comments” beyond offensive” and said they represent an ignorance of American history.
Kentucky's Second District Congressman believes the problems with the rollout of Obamacare make it more likely major changes will be made to the law.
Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie is sponsoring a ten-point bill that includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Speaking Friday to a gathering of area business leaders, Guthrie said while a repeal isn't likely, the public is getting a glimpse of the problems related to greater government involvement in health care.
Guthrie also said Republicans missed an opportunity to highlight those points when the federal government was shut down.
"I think what would have been better for us, as the government shutdown was happening is not just, ‘let’s repeal Obamacare, and if not the government shuts down.’ Why don’t we say, ‘here’s our alternative to address people in the insurance market that are being priced out of the market without affecting it for everybody else.'”