A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand May 14, 2018

FRANKFORT – Last week, state tourism leaders unveiled the latest annual study on the positive impact this industry has in Kentucky.  In a word, the news was good. Overall, tourism generated more than $15 billion in direct and indirect sales in 2017, with the direct sales portion increasing by almost four percent over 2016’s total.  Tourism supported more than 195,000 jobs and provided… Continue Reading

A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand May 7, 2018

FRANKFORT – In the early 1940s, a teacher in Arkansas decided that her profession deserved more recognition, so she gave herself an assignment: She wrote a letter to every governor and numerous other political and educational leaders, asking for their help. One of Mattie Whyte Woodridge’s letters eventually came to the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, the… Continue Reading

A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand April 23, 2018

FRANKFORT – When historians look back on the 2018 legislative session, most of their attention will understandably be focused on three things: the state’s budget, the corresponding tax plan and public-pension reform.  They didn’t generate every headline, but there’s no doubt they accounted for most. Dozens of other bills, however, completed the same journey as those… Continue Reading

A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand April 16

FRANKFORT – As legislators were debating Friday night whether to give final approval to a major revenue bill, someone brought up the old joke about how most of us would prefer to fund government: Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree. Based on that, those supporting this new law must have… Continue Reading

A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly with State Representative Rick Rand April 9, 2018

FRANKFORT – The common thread binding all good legislation is that, by the time the actual vote arrives, the outcome is all but a foregone conclusion. It takes a lot of effort to get to that point, of course.  Stakeholders need to be included early on, because they are the ones who will be most affected… Continue Reading

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