WAVE 3 News Editorial - January 12, 2016: Kentucky Legislators Convene

Published: Jan. 12, 2016 at 9:58 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2016 at 10:47 PM EST
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Members of the Kentucky House of Representatives in session on January 11, 2016. (Source: James...
Members of the Kentucky House of Representatives in session on January 11, 2016. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Passing a new two year budget tops the priority list the next three months for Kentucky legislators. Doing so while addressing the Commonwealth's massively underfunded public employee's pensions will be most challenging but must be done. Legislators will get a budget to review from new governor Matt Bevin in two weeks.

Kudos to Louisville reps Daryl Owens and Gerald Neal for filing bills in the House and Senate to allow for the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies while providing provisions offering protecting for employers. Both bills would restore voting rights for roughly 90,000 Kentuckians and help make them more employable.

A House bill sponsored by Louisville delegation chair Jeff Donahue giving superintendents more flexibility in selecting principals within school districts should be a priority.

Making Kentucky more competitive with surrounding states will require needed tax reform and a sharper focus on education, including how it is funded.

Half a million Kentuckians enrolled with Kentucky's health insurance exchange will be watching intently to see if they may need to explore alternatives next year depending on what transpires.

Leadership will be key to making meaningful progress and that will start with the governor.

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