As parents, my husband and I have lived by that rule. When a daughter outgrew her shoes, we bought new ones. When another needed braces, we got it done. When our bookish son said he wanted martial arts lessons, we found a way. If that made the rest of the budget tight, we made that work. We skipped new shoes and coats for ourselves. We skipped vacations. We took on extra work. With two girls in college and the boy not far behind, we need seven more years out of a pair of nine-year-old cars.
It isn't always easy, and it isn't always fun, but it's the best work we'll ever get to do. We're the grownups. We do what the children need.
Today, to protect our ability to educate Kentucky's children, the General Assembly did the same thing. They have my congratulations and my thanks.