The Kentucky Senate begins its 2014 session today and Senate Republicans have released a list of their top 5 priorities.
Senate President Robert Stivers issued a press release outlining the GOP’s goals for 2014. They include:
1) Reigning in the Governor by giving the legislature the power to overturn administrative regulations proposed by the administration. This is largely in response to the hugely successful rollout of Kentucky’s healthcare exchange and Medicaid expansion, ideas that are apparently quite popular with Kentuckians but which the KY GOP opposed.
2) Limiting the General Fund debt limit.
3) Legislative Pension Fix — addressing the enlargement of a legislator’s pension when s/he leaves the legislature for a judgeship or executive branch job.
4) Informed consent before a woman receives an abortion.
5) Addressing Kentucky’s growing heroin problem.
Sure, the Senate GOP likely has other top priorities, but these are the five they’ve chosen to highlight. The first one is simply about frustration with a Governor who has been fairly successful at managing the government even though Republicans disagree with where he’s going.
And yes, the other four items all merit some attention.
But, what’s missing? There’s no mention at all of education. No mention of restoring SEEK funding to 2008 levels. No mention of addressing teacher pay. No mention of investment needed to keep Kentucky schools moving forward. Not even a mention of one of the Kentucky Chamber’s top goals, charter schools.
Does Kentucky’s GOP have an education agenda? It’s possible, but they sure aren’t talking about it.
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