Kentucky legislators are approaching a critical point as they prepare to open the 2014 session of the General Assembly Tuesday.
The 138 men and women from all corners of Kentucky have a unique opportunity to enact dramatic changes for the betterment of this state as they begin their work with the chief priority being to adopt a new, two-year state budget.
They, through that budget, have the power to plan a future of better-educated citizens with potential for good jobs and successful lives that will allow them, their families and the state as a whole to prosper. That future could include sound public schools, good roads, reliable state services and effective aid to the impoverished and disadvantaged.
Or the lawmakers, as they too often have before, could allow this great opportunity to slip away as they settle for incremental gains and showy legislation that offers much flash but little substance.