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Commentary: During budget deliberations, don’t lose sight of UK’s continuing positive contributions

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward On Wednesday evening, the Kentucky House of Representatives approved its version of the state budget. The House sustains Kentucky’s existing financial commitment of $280 million to the University of Kentucky in the current fiscal year. That level of state support would remain stable in 2016-17. The House version then calls for a task force on performance funding...

Mike Denham: With new budget proposal on the horizon, two economic indicators provide good news

As Kentucky House leaders were putting the final touches on a proposed two-year state budget last week, legislators received not one but two reports of good economic news. On Thursday, state officials said that revenues have grown 4.3 percent so far this current fiscal year, all but guaranteeing a surplus with less than four months to go. The sales tax – one of the state’s major revenue sources...

Mike Denham: State revenues are on the increase, but so are Kentucky’s financial obligations

Like the first day back to school, the first week of any new legislative session brings mixed emotions – anticipation and excitement, apprehension and hope. To me, it’s also an exceptionally humbling time as I consider the great responsibility you have vested in me as your representative for the 70th District. I serve in Frankfort to be an active, accessible voice for the people of Bracken, Fleming,...