2) Gov. Matt Bevin will unveil his draft budget tomorrow
, one of his first major acts as the commonwealth's new chief executive. The anticipation surrounding his presentation has been something to behold, as pundits and observers try to figure out
in advance how austere it will be considering the huge financial burden Kentucky faces in shoring up its state employee and teacher pension funds. It's important to remember the actual budget will be passed by the General Assembly, and the governor's draft is merely a way to start the debate.
3) My recent Community Comment
on WEVV about one area I certainly hope Gov. Bevin's budget supports, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
4) My thoughts on the Evansville Icemen move to Owensboro: It's Ron Geary's team and he can do what he thinks is best. It's the City of Evansville's arena and it certainly isn't obligated to subsidize a private business such that the city suffers a significant loss. I admire Owensboro's willingness to try to make this new arrangement work. I wonder if there is enough fan support and corporate support in Owensboro for the Icemen to remain viable as an ECHL team. I wonder if there is enough time to renovate the Sportscenter for hockey before October. I wonder if Evansville fans will support a new team.
5) At the snowstorm-shortened Kentuckians for Better Transportation State Conference last week in Lexington, folks with vested interests in transportation infrastructure in this state gathered for what has become a must-attend event for public and private sector leaders. I helped staff a booth
devoted to information on I-69.
6) Speaking of I-69, you can help the effort to build the I-69 Ohio River bridge by buying a ticket to the BridgeLink Experience, a fun and unique event set for this Friday
night at the Evansville home of Dr. Mark and Donna Logan. Tickets are $250 each, are tax deductible, and include delicious and unusual food items prepared by Mark and his Commonwealth Kitchen + Bar
partner Jayson Munoz, appetizers from Pangea Kitchen, an open bar presented by Acropolis Greek Restaurant, a premium bourbon tasting hosted by bourbon expert Tom Fischer
, a tasting of fine wines featuring varieties from The Prisoner Winery
; live music, cigar samples, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit BridgeLink
. Contact Kyndle at (270) 826-7505
for more info and to RSVP.
7) Tim Farmer, host of the popular "Kentucky Afield" show on KET, will be the featured speaker at Saturday's
McLean County Wild Game Dinner
at Buck Creek Baptist Church just North of Livermore.
8) Bravo to this Union County educator
for his good work helping those less fortunate.
9) Be looking for more details about West Kentucky Thank You Night, a free reception at the Frankfort Convention Center from 5 to 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 11 designed to give all involved the chance to interact with state legislators, thank them for their service and urge them to keep Western Kentucky's needs and desires at the top of their minds as they make decisions. BBQ and refreshments will be available. Kyndle will be providing round-trip transportation from Henderson up to Frankfort and back that day for anyone who'd like to attend.
10) Great Brown Bag Series lecture about smoking cessation options for small business set for today at noon
at Kyndle. Check out the full calendar of upcoming Kyndle events here