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Columns

  • Franklin gives eight tips to keep your health healthy

    Love is in the air for February 2017. With holidays like Valentine’s Day reminding us about our heart, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about Heart Health Month and awareness that comes along with it.

    Heart Health month is celebrated every February and reminds us to be present in the choices we make daily to keep our hearts strong and healthy. According to The American Heart Association, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.”

  • Leave the scale, take the progress

    Many of us measure progress in our fitness transformations with a scale, but if those numbers induce stress instead of motivation, then it’s time to ditch the scale and find a better way!

  • Democrats to press ‘United Kentucky’ agenda

    I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January.

  • General Assembly must protect state retirees’ pensions

    One of the most important responsibilities of the State Treasurer is to be a watchdog for money earned by Kentuckians. That includes protecting Kentucky retirees’ pensions.

    I was proud to support Senate Bill 3 that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Bevin earlier this year. That bill shines a light on legislator pensions by allowing the people of Kentucky to see how their tax dollars are being paid to retired legislators. This is critical information; Kentucky has one of the worst overall pension liabilities in the country.

  • Small businesses represent more than 96 percent of Kentucky businesses

    FRANKFORT – Did you know that two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses, with over half of Americans either owning or working for one of these small (but mighty) companies? It’s true, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which helps small businesses be competitive both here in the U.S. and across the globe.

  • Rare bipartisan progress

    The State Journal

    It was announced Monday that the state passed an important milepost in the effort to test the thousands-long backlog of rape kits.

    Part of the “SAFE Act” passed last year required all members of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation, which includes most of the state’s police agencies, to ratify a sexual response policy by Jan. 1. There is still a ways to go before the backlog can be cleared, but Monday’s news represents progress.

  • Top 10 facts offer current view of education for state students

    Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.

  • Under eating will slow your fat loss process

    When you begin a fat loss transformation it can definitely be tempting to under eat and do excessive amounts of cardio to get a “head start” whilst you’re feeling highly motivated.

    Understanding all of those things and the reasons for doing it, however, it will potentially slow down your fat loss and have a negative impact on your overall body composition eventually.

    This is why...

  • Kentucky became 27th Right-to-Work state

    It was an exciting first week back in Frankfort. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, we officially began the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly and we hit the ground running. Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover was officially sworn in and became Speaker Hoover and we welcomed the new House majority. Two new members were also sworn into the Senate.

  • Legislators on Tobacco Settlement committee meets to discuss projects

    With the Kentucky General Assembly set to reconvene in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 7, work continues in Frankfort on an important committee that meets monthly to consider investments in the health and agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth.