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  • House Has Brunch....Bevin Uninvited
    Posted On: Feb 15, 2017

                            House Has Brunch???....Bevin Uninvited

                                             joe brennan

                "Doesn't anyone work here? Where is everyone? I gave them a job to do and they are not doing anything". These and other thoughts might have been going on in Governor Bevin's mind when he made an unexpected visit to the House Chambers. He wanted to demonstrate that if government has problems, it was because  elected officials from the opposition party are taking a pay check without doing any work.

                But were the House members enjoying a late Concessional brunch down in the cafeteria? The fact was that they were hard at work dealing with the disaster the Governor calls  a budget. Perhaps, if the Governor watched the proceedings on KET he would know that the basic deliberations on complicated matters as the budget take place in committee meetings and not on the floor of the House. It is only after hours of difficult deliberations that the final resolutions are presented to the entire membership for discussion and a vote. All this simply demonstrates that the Governor has little or no idea as to how the government of the Commonwealth actually functions.  A good course in a high school civics class might have taught him that process, but we all know, promoting education is not one of the Governor's strong points.

                As to the budget, it has been clear that Governor Bevin is not quite certain as to the complexity of developing a sound and equitable system. Nor does he seem to be aware of the implications that his budgetary methods might have on government programs and the citizens of Kentucky. He simply stipulates cuts, and then let his appointees make those cuts. In essence, this makes agency heads rather than the Governor the ones who set Commonwealth priorities and social policy. This may be the best way to administer a bell factory, but it is not the way to govern Kentucky.

                If the Governor was really in search of the elected representatives, I am sure that someone in his staff could have directed him to the budget committee meeting. Perhaps, there he would have learned directly from the legislators the complications of writing a meaningful budget. This is not like a business where the employee's role is simply to approve the budget coming down from the CEO's desk.    


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