Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Advocacy Group Keeps an Eye on the State Pension System

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

According to one report, Kentucky has achieved another first among the states: we now have the distinction of being the worst state in the nation when it comes to funding its pension system for state retirees.

We’ve bested Illinois for this spot!  At a board meeting this week, the Kentucky Retirement System announced that its funding ratio is below 25 percent, beating out Illinois as the lowest funding ratio in the nation.

A legislative task force has been meeting all year on what lawmakers need to do to reform the pension system.

Jim Waters, the president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, has a lot to say about the system; his group has been closely monitoring the work of the task force for months.

This Sunday on One to One, Waters tells us what needs to be done.
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 pm ET on KET and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm ET on KET 2 Here’s a preview:

Schuchter and Biggers on One to One

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Greetings once again!

Let me tell you about a couple of interesting One to One programs coming up in the next two weeks.

Joe Schuchter is a Kentuckian working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. A few years ago, Joe was trained for work with the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. As an epidemiologist, Joe was assigned to do public health work in Ethiopia and Malawi. Doctors Without Borders does extraordinary work all over the world. We talk about that work and a new documentary recently shown in Louisville that features doctors, nurses, and volunteers doing this work in some of the most remote locations in the world.

The always controversial issue of extracting coal using mountaintop removal is the subject of a new book written by Jeff Biggers.  Biggers’ Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland is a journey into the history of coal mining and is set in his family’s strip-mined homestead near the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois. One reviewer said, “Jeff Biggers opens a new window on the complex history of the region called Appalachia.”

Both guys are interesting and I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching the conversations.

Monday night, June 14th on Kentucky Tonight, we’ll discuss state taxes, tax reform, and attempts by some legislators to get a conversation started about revising and changing the Kentucky tax code.

Remember, you can join in on the conversation with phone, email, or web-form messages.

Public Libraries and The Kentucky Literary Newsletter

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Just happened to notice in this month’s AARP Magazine the number of public libraries in each state and D.C. Thank goodness Kentucky isn’t last in this category like we are in so many other comparison tables, but we are far from leading the nation or region in the number of facilities. It surprised me, but maybe it shouldn’t have!

According to AARP, we have 196 libraries statewide. That may sound like quite a number. But look at these: Alabama, 286; Tennessee, 290; Ohio, 720; Indiana, 433; Missouri, 360; and Illinois, 781! Thanks to West Virginia for making us look good…they have 173 libraries.

And, a quick word about The Kentucky Literary Newsletter: Editor Charlie Hughes, who also owns the publishing company Wind Publications, does a great job of compiling a literary calendar which includes dates and times of author appearances, announcements, new books, reviews, interesting bits like: what is a jelly bucket? (it’s a coal miner’s lunch pail), a submissions calendar, and deadlines to apply for certain events, grants, etc. Bottom line, it’s a must read for all things literary in the Commonwealth.

In the current issue, Charlie tells us that the online Huffington Post listed the top-ten best-selling poetry books of 2009. Among the poets is Wendell Berry.

The newsletter is available free. Just email Charlie at Tell him Bill’s Eye sent you. And, thanks Charlie for the great service you do for Kentucky.

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