Andy Barr Mansplains Silly Republican Budget

You wanna see (c)Andy Barr take time out from his busy day of being full of himself?

Yeah?

Here he his promoting the crazy ass Republican budget that focuses on the mega wealthy and ignores, you know, everyday Kentuckians:



Something tells us that Andy may want to take of his weird cowboy boots (WTF?) and familiarize himself with the term “sustainable” before using it in public again.

Republicans Maybe Want To Starve Kentucky

According to the White House, this is what the Republican budget would do in Kentucky:

Cut Taxes for Millionaires and Raise Taxes for Working Families and Students: While claiming to prioritize fiscal responsibility, the Republican budgets would not ask the wealthy to contribute a single dollar to deficit reduction, and the proposals specified in the House budget would cut taxes for millionaires by an average of at least $50,000. Meanwhile, the Republican budgets do nothing to prevent tax increases averaging $1,100 for 12 million families and students paying for college and $900 for 16 million working families with children. In 2015, 234,000 Kentucky families will receive a total of $205 million in tax cuts from improvements to pro-work tax credits that would expire after 2017 under the Republican budgets.

Eliminate Affordable Health Care: The Affordable Care Act is working. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million people have gained coverage. Yet once again, the Republican budgets propose to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions, taking away health insurance from millions of people. In particular, the Republican budgets would eliminate coverage for 106,000 Kentucky residents who have newly signed up for coverage or re-enrolled through the Marketplaces. Some of these individuals would become uninsured while others would end up with worse or less affordable coverage.

Raise Health Care Costs for Seniors: 92,000 Kentucky seniors and people with disabilities benefited by an average of $980 from the closure of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole in 2014 alone. Under the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, at least that many would likely have to pay more for needed medications in future years. The House budget would also end Medicare as we know it, replacing guaranteed access to the traditional Medicare program with a voucher program, risking a death spiral in traditional Medicare.

Slash Investments in the Middle Class: Under the Republican budgets, both non-defense and base defense discretionary funding in 2016 would be at the lowest real levels in a decade. Compared to the President’s Budget, if the Republican budgets were to take effect, these are just some of the impacts on Kentucky:

  • Head Start: 590 fewer children in Kentucky would have access to Head Start services, representing a permanently missed opportunity to help these children enter elementary school ready to succeed.
  • Teachers and Schools: Kentucky would receive $16.9 million less funding for disadvantaged students, an amount that is enough to fund about 70 schools, 230 teacher and aide jobs, and 36,000 students.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: Kentucky would receive $4.4 million less funding to provide educational opportunities for students with disabilities, representing an approximately 2.8 percent cut and shifting the burden for meeting these children’s needs to Kentucky and its local communities.
  • Job Training and Employment Services: 28,800 fewer Kentucky residents would receive job training and employment services, including help finding jobs and skills training.
  • Affordable Housing: Kentucky would receive approximately $18.5 million less in Federal funding, resulting in 1,830 fewer families receiving Housing Choice Vouchers, which enable very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Balances Only with Gimmicks and Deep Cuts to Programs that Serve the Most Vulnerable and Help Expand Opportunity. On top of their cuts to middle-class investments and the ACA, the Republican budgets would cut:

  • Pell Grants: Republican reductions to Pell would reduce financial aid for the 118,000 Kentucky students who rely on Pell grants to afford college.
  • Medicaid: The House Republican proposal to block grant Medicaid would cut Federal funding to Kentucky by approximately $18.9 billion over ten years, impacting children, seniors, and people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): House Republican proposals to block grant and slash SNAP would cut nutrition aid in Kentucky by an estimated $1.9 billion over a five year period (2021-2025), jeopardizing nutrition assistance for the 828,000 Kentucky residents who receive SNAP to help them put food on the table.

Fails to Address Our Crumbling Infrastructure: Republican budgets lack a real plan to address the looming expiration and insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Through the Highway Trust Fund, in FY 2014 the Federal Government obligated $686.0 million to Kentucky through the Federal Aid Highways program for highway planning and construction and over $100.6 million through Transit Formula Grants that support our Nation’s mass transit systems.

Republicans in D.C. always try to balance things on the back of working Americans while giving the mega-wealthy gobs of tax breaks.

Bourbon Tourism Is A Big Deal To Kentucky

The friendly rivalry for the hearts and throats of bourbon lovers is about to get more interesting, particularly in Louisville where major distilleries are focusing their tourism efforts. [Janet Patton]

Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee voted Thursday to shield attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from objections that it would add to the government’s budget deficit. [HuffPo]

By all accounts eighth-grader Stephen Patton was cheerful and well-liked by most of his classmates at Floyd County’s Allen Central Middle School. But a few of them, his family says they discovered, repeatedly abused, taunted and bullied the 13-year-old gentle giant, who stood 6 foot 3, weighed 196 pounds and had a stutter. [C-J/AKN]

U.S.-Israeli relations are strained, and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu winning reelection after a very public rebuke of the Obama White House, they could be worsening. But Israel isn’t the only U.S. ally at odds with the Obama administration. [WaPo]

The last day for students in Madison County Schools will be June 1, the school board decided during a work session Thursday evening. [Richmond Register]

The United States and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to work toward greater civil and national security space cooperation after officials from the two countries met in Washington this week, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. [Reuters]

Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones will again represent Kentucky Highway District 9 on the state County Clerks Legislative Committee. [Ashland Independent]

Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks. The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal, current and former U.S. officials said. [WSJ]

Snow days did not extend the school year this year but the Rowan County Board of Education did have to adjust the calendar to offset those missed days. [The Morehead News]

The tech startup bubble has America’s retirement funds — like Kentucky Retirement Systems — chasing unicorns. [Zero Hedge]

Literacy is much more than looking at words on pages, Jane Beshear reminded students at Glasgow Middle School on Thursday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Jerome Pate, a homeless alcoholic, went to the emergency room when he was cold. [NY Times]

Forest industries have the potential to provide thousands more jobs in Eastern and southern Kentucky as leaders in the region search for ways to improve the economy, according to an analysis. [H-L]

When researchers examined the fossils, they realized they were looking at a new species–a nine-foot-long creature dating back some 231 million years. From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… [HuffPo]

Medicaid Expansion Not The Devil After All

Earlier this winter, the folks at Bernheim Arboretum noticed a majestic golden eagle spending time in the forested hills of Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County. [H-L]

To Sen. Bernie Sanders, the new Republican budgets offered this week aren’t so much spending blueprints as they are promises to help the rich get richer and boost income inequality. [HuffPo]

A Louisville Metro Council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for “a complete and thorough environmental impact statement” on whether the new Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center should go near the Watterson Expressway and Brownsboro Road. [C-J/AKN]

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for information about its behavior detection program. [The Hill]

If the Kentucky General Assembly does nothing about Kentucky’s dwindling road fund, the state will have to make tough choices about which highway projects to fund, according to the state agency that administers highway construction projects. [WFPL]

Americans are more likely than ever to say President Barack Obama’s time in the White House has been successful, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Thursday. [Politico]

The city of Cumberland has a new police chief. During a meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Carolyn Elliot appointed Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Williamson to the position of Chief of Police. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

An order issued by a federal judge in Alabama said the state has agreed to halt scheduled executions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case challenging another state’s lethal injection protocol. [Reuters]

Bowling Green City Commission on Tuesday night rejected proposed limits on how soon campaign signs can be displayed before an election. City leaders approved the first reading of an amendment to the Warren County zoning ordinance but rejected a proposal within that amendment to only allow campaign signs to be displayed beginning 30 days before an election. [BGDN]

Many of the states that agreed to expand the eligibility requirements for their Medicaid programs under the health law are reaping millions of dollars in savings, according to two new reports that confirm the financial benefits in store for state lawmakers who implement this particular Obamacare provision. [Think Progress]

Glasgow City Council’s Finance Committee is expected to get more into the nitty gritty of preparing the budget for the city’s next fiscal year, and the first steps of that process are already underway. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yet another health insurer reported a massive data breach this week, affecting the financial and medical information of 11 million people. [ProPublica]

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid thanked likely Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky for dispensing “expert advice” on Reid’s injured right eye. [H-L]

Support for gay marriage has become the majority opinion, and voters now also say they’re more likely to reject a presidential candidate opposed to gay marriage than one who backs it — something gay marriage advocates hope marks a political tipping point for 2016. [HuffPo]