When the second round’s ten winners were announced, Kentucky was not on the list. “We got zero points for charter schools, so we were at a 32 point deficit even before the judging began,” said state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.
In March, Tennessee and Delaware were awarded a total of $600 million for education improvements. Now, school districts in nine more states and the District of Columbia will share another $3.4 billion. Apparently, Kentucky’s application for federal funding was lacking one vital component.
The state’s horse racing commission last month approved Instant Racing, or electronic wagering on previously run races. But Martin Cothran of the Family Foundation says Instant Racing is just another form of casino gambling.
The administration is not prepared at this point to say how many jobs are being eliminated, and agency heads aren’t talking either.
Jobs in retail and wholesale trade rose last month, as Kentuckians bought back-to-school supplies. Professional and business service agencies also saw employment increases. On the downside, construction, accommodations, food services, repair, education and health services all saw job declines.
Last week, a legislative oversight committee refused to renew a $200,000 contract the state has with the Center for Climate Strategies. The center is assisting a state panel looking for ways the commonwealth can cope with climate change. Apparently some lawmakers fear the center’s efforts will hurt the state’s coal industry, but Gov. Beshear disagrees.
The two are battling for the US Senate seat currently held by Republican Jim Bunning. Conway told reporters in Frankfort he’s willing to debate Paul on NBC’s Meet the Press and Fox News, plus five or six regionally televised debates.
One thousand people recently showed up when Mountain Valley Recycling announced it was hiring 360 people in Frankfort. Now, Gov. Beshear has helped cut the ribbon on the $9 million dollar plant, which recycles plastic waste into resins that will be used for new products.
Kentucky’s three major airports are in no danger of going out of business, but their operators would like to see more passengers coming through the doors. They say economic incentives may be one way to make that happen.
On September 3rd, merit and non-merit state employees will take the first of six furlough days ordered by Gov. Beshear to save $24 million. Kenneth King, of the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center, fears the furloughs will pose serious safety issues for the already understaffed facility.