Posts Tagged ‘Dave Adkisson’

Kerfuffle in Frankfort

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

There is a kerfuffle in Frankfort. And lawmakers are flummoxed.
Don’t you love those two words?
Kerfuffle: Disturbance; fuss.
Flummoxed: Confused.

Lawmakers in Frankfort are in a kerfuffle over the pension and are flummoxed over what to do to solve the plan’s mammoth unfunded liability.

The key word added to the sentence above that has created the kerfuffle and caused lawmakers to be flummoxed is pension.

A pension is a gratuity granted (as by a government) as a favor or reward; one paid under given conditions to a person following retirement from service or to surviving dependents.
By the way, it is French and we all know the condition of that country’s financial system.

The recommendations of a task force that studied the pension challenges facing Kentucky, and a bill, authored by task force co-chair Sen. Damon Thayer, have passed the Senate. Senate Bill 2 calls for full funding of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The bill does not spell out where that funding will come from.

This is weighing on the minds of many in the commonwealth. State workers and retirees, mayors, employers, the governor, the business community, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce want to see a plan to address the staggering unfunded liability.

The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Dave Adkisson, is on ‘One to One’ this weekend. He talked about the pension issue and other matters the chamber would like to see the General Assembly address this year.

Adkisson also said he’s optimistic about the improvements Kentucky has made in education at all levels.

Adkisson talked about the state’s Medicaid concerns and how difficult it might be to plan and budget for that program in the future.

‘One to One’ airs Sundays at 1 pm ET on KET

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Initiatives

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The second item on page 16 of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Legislative Agenda reads, “Expand Gaming to Support Kentucky’s Equine Industry.” Chamber members can now take a red marking pencil and draw a line through that initiative for this session of the General Assembly.

As we discussed Monday night on Kentucky Tonight, the effort to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to approve expanded gambling failed to pass the state Senate last week. But, according to Dave Adkisson, president of the Kentucky Chamber, there is still time left in the session to pass meaningful and important legislation his members are supporting.

Along with prioritizing state government spending, modernizing Medicaid, improving the health and wellness of all Kentuckians, which would include enacting a statewide smoke-free law—the chamber has always pushed a number of education goals.

In this “After the Show” segment, Adkisson told me some of the issues the chamber would continue to work on during this session of the General Assembly.

Kentucky Tonight is an hour-long public affairs discussion program broadcast live on Monday night at 8/7pm pm CT on KET. Stay tuned to KET, KET2, and KET KY for more.

Education at the Top of the Class on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, February 7th, 2011

In any session of the General Assembly in Frankfort, there are a number of education bills to be considered by lawmakers. And this year, in a session which will be over in just four weeks, is no different.

Two of those bills will lead off our discussion tonight on Kentucky Tonight. They are a bill which would raise the graduation age from 16 to 18 in Kentucky high schools and charter school legislation.

The graduation-age bill has the backing of Governor and Mrs. Steve Beshear, the state Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Youth Advocates, and many other groups. It passed the House last year, but failed in the Senate. Some have a concern about forcing students to stay in school who want to leave early. About 6,000 Kentucky students drop out each year; of adjoining states, only West Virginia and Missouri allow children to drop out at 16.

Charter schools have been debated in Frankfort for years. This year, Senate President David Williams has made charter schools a key part of the Senate’s legislation agenda. One of our guests tonight, House Education leader Carl Rollins has a different plan and we will hear more about that on the program.

Tonight’s scheduled guests are:

- State Sen. Ken Winters, R-Murray, chair of the Senate Education Committee
- State Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, chair of the House Education Committee
- State Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville
- State Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson

Remember: We’re on KET at 8/7 CT. Join the discussion via email and phone. Let your legislators know how you feel about education issues in Kentucky. As always, you can send questions in advance or during the program by phone (800-494-7605) and email ( The program is closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired; the number for TDD calls is 800-395-5388.

And, in other news, this just in )from:

Adkisson to provide reaction to President Obama’s U.S. Chamber speech on PBS NewsHour tonight
Earlier today, President Barack Obama addressed the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce. As you may know, Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson is a member of the U.S. Chamber Board. Adkisson was in Washington, D.C. this afternoon to hear the President’s remarks and has been invited to give his reaction to the speech on tonight’s edition of PBS NewsHour. It will be taped live today at 6 p.m. Eastern, but will air in most Kentucky markets on KET at 7/6 p.m. CT.

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