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This Week's Circulars

The accrued liability in our state pension systems is unarguably the biggest challenge facing our state economy. When reasonable assumptions are used, our total unfunded liability across all systems is more than $40 billion.

Infrastructure. It is a word we have been hearing a lot lately. And many undoubtedly have the same question:  What is infrastructure? A short definition of infrastructure is the basic facilities, equipment, and installations needed for modern society to function. Waterlines that carry fresh …

We are residents of Letcher County, in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields. Some of us have worked as coal miners and operators; for others, they are our family and friends. Some of us were born and raised here; all of us have chosen to make it our home.

When you think of Kentucky, many things come to mind from beautiful horses to endless acres of some of the best farmland anywhere. But for those of us that live here and are members of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB), we know that educating our young people is the most important thing we can do. …

The numbers aren’t final yet, but 2017 will likely be another record-breaking year for overdose deaths in Kentucky. That’s astonishing when you consider that more than 1,400 of our friends, relatives and neighbors lost their lives to opioids in 2016. The suffering has been immense. Nearly ev…

Students around the country are turning last week’s heartbreaking school shooting in Parkland, Florida, into an inspiring and exemplary push for legislative change. In the last few days, many people have asked whether schools can discipline students for speaking out. The short answer? It dep…

February marks American Heart Month, a time when people are encouraged to take charge of their health and enact a heart-healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. And while s…

Last December, Bernie Sanders, a liberal Senator from Vermont, led every single Senate Democrat to impose an endowment tax of around $1 million per year on Berea College.

What a great way to start 2018! In just 15 short days, the Kentucky General Assembly worked together in a bi-partisan manner to make Marsy’s Law - a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims - the very first bill to pass through the legislature during this session. The message that sen…

On January 22, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer fired the first shots of the Trump administration’s 2018 trade agenda: Tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar panels, and tariffs starting at 20 percent on imported residential washing machines. In the name of “protecting” jobs -- “Am…

Over the past eight years, I received countless letters, emails, and phone calls from Kentucky families frustrated by the Obama economy. “The honest, hardworking folks can’t get ahead, the cheaters don’t get caught, and the rich just keep getting richer,” wrote one Kentuckian. “The Obama adm…

Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it’s the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law—what President Trump has described as a “big, beautiful Christmas present” for the American people—is t…

Considering Frankfort will soon be forced to pass a painful budget, it might be helpful for legislators to apply the Yellow Pages test, an analogy that, for the older set, hearkens back to giant paper phone books landing on your front porch containing listings for businesses by categories.

As U.S. president Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing the sights of the Far East. Back home he faces a Republican Party torn by scandalous allegations against its candidate for U.S. Senate from Ala…

Looking around our world today, we don’t have to look very far to see adversity. From the hurricanes ravaging our nation to the peace rallies working to smooth over cultural and racial divisions, adversity lives all around us, with people struggling to overcome many different challenges.

There’s an important issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of headlines, but it’s a key part of President Trump’s agenda. In fact, it will have a significant and beneficial impact on the future of our country for generations to come.

The pain of the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country – especially here in Kentucky. For years, I have worked with my colleagues in Congress to fight back. Just recently, President Donald Trump took a significant step by formally recognizing a public health emerg…

“Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

Several powerful hurricanes have recently devastated the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Already, Congress has responded by providing funding to begin the recovery.  We also passed legislation authorizing federal agencies that are critical to the relief…

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. Instead of reimagining our state’s failing pension system through a structural overhaul, some interest groups want little or no changes to the way our system has been operating. T…

Mothers across continents, species and centuries have all shared one thing in common: an innate desire to protect their children. As a mother-to-be and an advocate for cancer patients across the Commonwealth, I can say with certainty that quitting tobacco is one of the most important things …

The Washington Post reports that Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.

Niccolo Machiavelli once said, “Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.” If the reaction to the recommendations given Monday by PFM Consulting to the Public Pension Oversight Board is any indication, souls have certainly been stirred. Their scope was certainly large: Eve…

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.

Most baby boomers who were raised by World War II parents were taught at a young age about the horrors of the Nazi swastika and the hate it stood for. It was the 1960s, so we were not that far removed from the war.

The Wall Street Journal reports that “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.” That report diverges from reality when it comes to purpose. Mueller’s aim (and therefore the grand jury’s real purpose) is to “get” US …

As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?” To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.” In Senate District 17, Scott County students will report back for classes on …

Summer is a great time to make memories with family and friends. Whether you are spending your summer out on the farm, driving to your local ice cream shop, or hitting the road for a vacation, Kentuckians should be on the lookout for preying credit card skimmers seeking to steal sensitive in…