By LARRY VAUGHT
Focus on Danville Monday from 9-10 a.m. on WKYB (1075.5 FM, wkybfm.com online) will have a different them this week.
State representative Jeff Hoover, the current speaker of the House, will join me first and will be followed at about 9:30 a.m. by Boyle County judge-executive Harold McKinney, a long-time friend.
This will not be a Republican-Democrat show. It’s going to be a show to let these two men — both Centre College graduates — talk about problems our state and county are facing.
Obviously, I want Hoover to share his thoughts on Kentucky’s pension woes. His wife is a public school teacher, so he has a vested interest in this issue that has eight pension systems in the state in jeopardy.
Hoover was elected to the House in 1996 to serve the 83rd district. He was selected to serve as House minority caucus chair in 1999 and House minority leader in 2001. In 2015 he became the longest serving Republican leader in the House and became House speaker in 2016.
I also want to see what he thinks about a recent proposal by Republican Senator Dan Some to legalize marijuana and taxing it to help solve the pension deficit.
McKinney became judge-executive in 2008 after a successful business and then law careers. I want to ask him about the pension impact here as well as the Economic Development Partnership, suit against opioid distributors, jail overcrowding, Constitution Square State Park and certainly what he views as the county’s biggest concern or concerns.
I might also talk some UK football and basketball with both of them, too. Both are big Kentucky fans and have been for as long as I have known either one.