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Capital spending oversight
The editors of this newspaper recently called into question my integrity by decrying my so-called “silence” on several recent news items in Frankfort (“Cuts for some,” June 17). To clear up any confusion in the minds of the editors and for the record, I am opposed to the misuse of taxpayer’s money by elected officials and their appointees at any level of government. Just because I do not call a press conference every day does not mean I am not actively engaged in monitoring the operations of state government.
As chairwoman of the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee, I am responsible for evaluating the spending of billions of dollars budgeted for new capital construction, the issuance of bonds by the commonwealth and the issuance of bonds by or on behalf of local school districts. I invite the editors to attend the next meeting of the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee with me and I would be more than happy to provide copies of the materials I review for several hours in preparation for these meetings.
State Sen. Elizabeth Tori
Out of order
I felt the need to write after reading The News-Enterprise report about budget cuts Gov. Steve Beshear has made to education and public defender offices. I found a few things interesting.
Our education commissioner has a salary that is approximately $8,000 more than Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and he makes almost $60,000 more than our elected officials.
If not, I’m a little confused as to why he is paid so much.
Why is our governor allowed to host parties specifically for the Democratic Party? Didn’t he say he wanted to work for and with all Kentuckians? If Gov. Ernie Fletcher had done this, Beshear would have used it to run him into the ground during elections.
Also, what happened to the surplus in state government that was there when Gov. Beshear took office? Did it disappear?
To some it may look like Gov. Beshear is cutting budgets just to make his casino gambling plans look better.
I am a student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and am very disappointed that for the second straight semester my tuition has been raised.
How can we expect to produce educated individuals for professional jobs if we keep raising the costs that already are out of reach for so many.
Perhaps instead of cutting the education and child services budgets we should cut the salaries of those who are supposed to represent us and Mr. Draud’s salary to make up the supposed budget shortfall.
As a real estate agent in Hardin County and the surrounding areas, I’m struck by the apprehension about buying a home in today’s market. The truth of the matter is that there has never been a better time to buy when we consider the unique forces at play. Interest rates are near 40-year lows, prices have moderated and the number of homes on the market is greater than it has been in years.
Interestingly enough, the benefits of buying a house aren’t making the headlines, especially in our area, where the real estate market actually is performing quite well.
Anyone considering buying a home should not be scared away at a time like this. Prices are on the rebound and, in 2008, we’ll see the demand catch back up to supply. In the meantime, buyers should consider this their window of opportunity to make the most of their real estate investment.