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Hello. My name is Paul Hornback and I am your new state senator.
It is our constitutional duty every 10 years to realign our voting districts according to population after each census. This act fulfills the requirement of one man, one vote. Because of population shifts, the 20th State Senatorial District now includes Carroll County in addition to part of Boone and Jefferson counties and all of Gallatin, Henry, Shelby and Spencer counties. (The final congressional district lines are still being discussed between the chambers.)
I look forward to sharing updates from Frankfort discussing the important issues being debated and voted on.
Before I dive into issues, however, I wanted to tell you a little bit about me. I was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 2010. I currently serve as co-chair of the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund oversight Committee. I was also appointed to the Senate Appropriation and Revenue Committee; Agriculture Committee; Transportation Committee; Licensing, Occupation, and Administrative Regulations Committee; Capital Planning Advisory Board; and Government Contract Review Committee. I reside in Shelbyville and am the father of two daughters, Stephanie (Ray) and Amanda (Matt).
On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear gave his Budget Address outlining his priorities for Kentucky’s budget.
As I have been warning, we have close to a billion dollar shortfall, $742 million to be exact over the biennium. I was glad to see that the governor took a more realistic approach to the budget this time and didn’t use phantom gambling proceeds to fund programs. He also proposed cutting certain agencies by 8.4 percent. However, the governor then proposed about $800 million of additional spending.
He is funding new programs and initiatives while applying severe cuts to other parts of government. This does not make sense to many of us in the Senate.
The House of Representatives has assigned the budget proposal to their budget subcommittees. When they have finished putting their mark on the document and the House passes the bill, the Senate will then have our turn at reviewing and revising the proposal. I will keep you updated on that process.
We are in a 60-day legislative session so there is still plenty of time to let me know what topics interest you.
The heavy workload of social workers and how to curb meth laboratories were just two of the topics that committees focused on this week.
These and other discussions and debates will continue in the weeks ahead.
Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, represents the 20th District including part of Boone and Jefferson counties, and all of Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Shelby and Spencer counites. He can be reached by calling the General Assembly’s toll-free message line at 1-800-372-7181 or by mail at Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, Ky. 40601.