When The Godfather showed up on Netflix a few months ago, I slotted it into the watchlist and played it when I could. I found myself watching pockets of about 20-45mins at a time and the movie has some candid elements to it that way. Sonny’s assassination was the last part I watched one night and it gave me chills all day thinking that, for some, it could be that brutal of a life and did family actually know your true self and loves. Seeing Michael broken when Apollonia is killed gives you so much more meaning to the way you view your wife. But of course, with all re-watches, there are things that seem a bit different from the first time around, especially with kids in the house. Some of my observations:
If you are not paying attention, let me catch you up. Since 2009, the KY State Senate and House have been raiding the State Employee Insurance fund each year to offset the underfunding of state budgets. In this year’s budget Governor Matt Bevin proposed a $200m raid, but today the House ($400m) and Senate ($300m) both propose their own taking of money paid by workers into the fund. By decreasing the state employee insurance, they are shifting the out-of-pocket burden on to a smaller group and thus reducing the economic impact of those 250,000 workers. Neo-Cons preach trickle down econ but reducing the take-home pay of state workers is actually the opposite of that by taking spendable money out of the families lives. Additionally, if it costs more to receive medical care, people are less likely to go out and get the medical care. This feeds into reduced efficiency in the workplace and the higher chance of teachers, first responders, desk clerks, etc showing up sick to work.
If you still do not understand how they can refuse to reassess the tax revenues streams of the state while reducing the take-home pay of over 6% of the state population, I think this is the plan. By creating a more dramatic raid on the system from the House or Senate, the plan from Gov. Biven seems more accessible. These other two plans can also be used as bargaining chips to force SB1 “reforms” that haven’t been supported by KEA or JCEA. We saw last week that Republican leadership was willing to hold up passage of an HB for families of fallen officers to move FOP against workers not supporting SB1.