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Tom Block: House didn’t need vote on Ryan budget, except for Republican Nov. races

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Last week was an interesting week in the U.S. House of Representatives when before adjourning for the Easter/Passover break, they acted on the budget proposal developed by Budget Chairman, and 2012 vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan.   While the bill eventually …

Commentary: Bill setting minimum staff-to-resident nursing home ratios good beginning

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By Crystal Bader Special to KyForward   Let me bring to light an issue affecting all of Kentucky. Are you aware that Kentucky does not have minimum direct care staffing standards for nursing homes?   That’s right! Perhaps your assumption …

Commentary: Kentucky’s new ethics law a roadmap for other states, Congress to follow

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By George C. Troutman Special to KyForward     The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly adopted a new law (House Bill 28) strengthening our state’s code of Legislative Ethics for the first time since the Code’s adoption in 1993.   With …

Col Owens: Kentucky needs to take its future in its own hands and make tax system fairer

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The General Assembly has just passed another inadequate state budget. And once again, it has failed to give Kentucky a tax system that will allow it to compete in the 21st-century economy.   As a legal aid attorney and education …

Lewis Donohew: What makes the Supreme Court think we need more money in politics?

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  The new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing even more money to be injected into political races sets up a major test of massive paid-for persuasion versus rational discussion of issues.   In other words, will the pouring …

Commentary: New budget falls short of what it will take to make progress in Kentucky

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While it is good to see the chambers of the General Assembly come together to pass a budget, the new budget falls short of what it will take to make needed progress in Kentucky.   It contains the 14th round …

Commentary: Innovators, patient advocates working together can fight diabetes scourge

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By Kyle Keeney Special to KyForward   Creating jobs and saving lives. I imagine that is something every Kentuckian would agree is good for our state. Fortunately, that is exactly what happens when Kentucky’s innovation sector and patient advocacy groups …

Commentary: Until Alzheimer’s is wiped out, support for families affected by it is crucial

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By Teri Shirk Special to KyForward   A Korean war bride, Japanese-native Nobuko Tidwell and her husband had been married 56 years when Vance passed away in 2011. Prior to his death, Vance began noticing Nobuko’s peculiar behaviors – she …

Commentary: It’s up to you, millennials,
to restore order, sanity to political system

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By Trey Grayson and Dan Glickman Special to KyForward   Forty-six million young people are eligible to vote, while only 39 million seniors are eligible to vote. Yet, campaigns always seem to care more about what the senior citizens say. …

Commentary: UK will continue to make a case for revitalization projects in state budget

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By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward   Monday evening, the Kentucky Senate passed their version of a two-year state budget. There are significant differences with the budget proposed by the governor and the state House. Most important, the Senate’s budget …