Three-Fourths of a Loaf From The State Legislature (3/28/06)
I'd love to get my way on every issue. But when it comes to Kentucky's legislature, I suppose three out of four isn't bad.
And that's what it looks like our lawmakers have delivered this time around on some key issues.
With the general session just about over, logic has apparently prevailed and state funding for a new downtown arena will be approved - and without needless restrictions on its location. It also appears the Arena Authority will be subject to the state's open meeting laws -- which can only help dispel the ill will and suspicion that's been generated on all sides.
Right now, it looks like both Ohio River bridges will be a "go" if they can just figure out how to pay for it. I'm just a little surprised that this late in the game they still haven't filed a formal financial plan with the federal government.
And most of that much-needed funding for U of L that had been cut will likely be restored in the final budget.
Of course, on the negative side, casino gambling once again failed to get a fair hearing but we'll keep working on that.
For right now, I think I'll choose to be cautiously content with what we did get. Because we not only could have done a lot worse. At times, it looked as if we were determined to.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.