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Showing 4 articles from April 12, 2010.

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Capitol Notes - April 9th "news is inauspicious"
 Editor's Note: An anonymous staffer at LRC has been writing Capitol Notes this session. They are all posted on the LRC website. I reprint this one here for two reasons: 1 - Anonymous staffer is a darn good writer who deserves some recognition (YaY You Anonymous) and

2 -The theory that the dispute between the House and Senate over the budget is philosophically related to the current impasse happening in Washington has been solemnly repeated by reporters and pundits as if it is the Gospel of Mark (or more apropos the Book of Revelation). No one seems to remember that a budget hasn't been passed in regular session since Kentucky voters were hoodwinked into voting for annual sessions. Long before the "philosophical differences" between the Dems and the GOP arose.
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KY Kurmudgeon - this and that

Kentucky Kurmudgeon has some interesting observations on legislation that won't see the light of day - and should. Among the ideas - doing away with gubernatorial slates, changing the budget to the short session year (giving legislators less time to not pass a budget.)
He also comes up with a scenario in which the Governor jerks legislators' chains by calling them back before the May 18th primary.   How much fun would that be? Think it would break them of the dilly dallying habit.

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Merryman House gets $$
Merryman House in Paducah was awarded $74,133.00 of the 1.6 million dollars that came to Kentucky from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds.

Funds are being divided among 22 Kentucky agencies and programs, Governor Beshear and Congressman John Yarmuth announced today.
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And another thing
There are several aspects of the current job situation that people are not talking about it seems.  I will hit some of them for you.

First, machines have been putting people out of work since John Ludd warned about the first mechanical weaving machine in England back in the late 1700s.  Particularly machines used outdoors for excavation, construction, farming, timber harvest, and indoors on assembly lines.  Over the last ten years or more these indoor machines are being run by computers to make everything from small consumer goods to cars and trucks.  And now computers (GPS and auto-steer) are showing up on farming equipment (tractors, combines, spraying equipment) that may displace the human operator.  This trend will continue to displace human laborers, particularly since machines run by computers are building the robots that are displacing humans on automotive assembly lines and other places!

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