Don't Reward Obstructionism (3/15/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Don’t Reward Obstructionism (3/15/11)

It's an old story:

Kentucky legislature convenes to consider serious issue. Petty politics and huge egos block any real communication or compromise. Legislature adjourns with no resolution. Governor calls special session to force decision. And, of course, we foot the bill.

This time, because Kentucky's state senators and representatives have again refused to do the job they were elected to do, we find ourselves in the ironic position of wasting an additional $60,000 a day to figure out how to address serious financial shortfalls in our Medicaid budget.

This is nuts.

Back on Election Day, every current member of the House and Senate was begging for the chance to work for the good of the Commonwealth. They assured us they understood the problems, knew the solutions and had the guts to get things done.

Funny how quickly all that "can-do" spirit erodes into "no-way" obstructionism right after the first week of November.

While we certainly need to resolve this Medicaid crisis, we don't owe any of our legislative slackers additional compensation for work that should have been done on time in the first place.

If lawmakers had to work without pay during any special session, I'll wager we'd have far fewer of them to worry about in the future.

Call, and let us know what you think.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View

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