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Today's Opinions

  • Rand provides history behind Labor Day holiday

    Labor Day is a day off for many workers. But what is Labor Day, and what does it really mean for America’s workforce?

    Certainly, the American worker has come a long way and we can be thankful that we have traveled the distance. We have the right to a safe environment and compensation when we are injured. We are entitled to fair and equal hiring and management practices. And we are entitled to a minimum wage.

  • Saving Kentucky’s retirement systems

    By Gov. Matt Bevin,

    Senate President Robert Stivers,

    and House Speaker Jeff Hoover

    Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others are, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward towards a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees.

  • State experiences budget shortfall

    The end of the last fiscal year wasn’t as good to the state as we had hoped it would be.

    When the group of independent economists who gauge how much revenue the state will have gave its official revenue estimate in late 2015, it predicted 2.7 percent growth state General Fund over Fiscal Year 2016. What we got was 1.3 percent growth, leaving us with a budget shortfall of $138.5 million.

  • Victories for Kentucky families

    This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior Senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started.

  • Parent upset about transportation, safety issues

    Editor:

  • Slow mail costs money

    By Matthew Paxton IV

    Publisher of The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA and President of the National Newspaper Association

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

    We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

  • Salary increases, more jobs in state

    Kentucky incomes are on the rise, as is the number of many Kentucky jobs, according to a report on Fiscal Year 2017’s fourth-quarter state revenues from the Office of State Budget Director.

  • Parents: Every day counts in your child’s education

    As I write this, about an hour and a half ago I dropped my son off for his first day of fifth grade. Where has the time gone and what happened to summer? It is kind of bittersweet because while I hate to see my son growing up, I do look forward to a daily routine and some sense of normalcy in our house. I also know how important it is that he gets back into the swing of things and grasps the opportunity to learn more and be with his friends.