By: Ted Edmonds, State Representative
We’re back at the Capitol this week, after the governor called a special session to deal with the budget situation. After House and Senate leaders couldn’t agree on a plan to address the need of our people while still maintaining low taxes, we adjourned April 15 without a budget. The governor has devised a plan that we think both sides can live with. It’s not an ideal solution, but it will get us through the next two years until the economy improves. We’ll see if both sides can make the final tweaks to the governor’s plan and we can get the people’s work accomplished.
The budget’s not the only item on our agenda, though. We also must approve a two-year road plan, which will fund the projects most urgently needed in our area, as well as a six-year road plan, which is more of a long-range planning tool than an actual funding plan.
On top of that, we’ll also be hopefully passing unemployment legislation that will preserve our trust fund for years to come. Because of the current severe recession, our unemployment fund is empty and we’re borrowing from the federal government to pay benefits. That can’t last, and a bill the House passed during the regular session will hopefully find approval in the Senate this week.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for Friday-Saturday, July 2-3, for our Sixth Annual Highway 52 Fifty Mile Yard Sale. The weekend has lined up perfectly, allowing everyone to take the scenic drive between Jackson and the Estill-Madison line before returning home on Sunday to celebrate Independence Day.
In the last few years, the Fifty Mile Yard Sale has become quite the tradition, with families from all over Kentucky and beyond coming to our community and finding hidden treasures, both on the roadside and in the people who live here. I’m proud of this event we’ve created, and I hope everyone will take part this year to keep it going strong. I’ll keep you updated over the coming weeks.
You can always contact me through our Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181, or call my office directly at 502-564-8100, ext. 818.