Bluegrass Beacon: Politically inconvenient facts about Ky’s economic comeback

Gov. Steve Beshear’s recent victory lap touted an $82.5 million deposit of what he calls “surplus” funds into Kentucky’s “rainy day fund.” Beshear claims it’s a “sign of a healthy economy” and attacks his critics who “keep running their mouths about how bad things are,” reports WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold. However, I’m concerned that Kentuckians who…

The numbers: Ky earnings ‘barely back’ to where they were when Beshear took office

In search of a legacy, Gov. Steve Beshear has resorted to taking “victory laps” in attempts to convince skeptical Kentuckians that the commonwealth’s economy is roaring back. However, hard facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show employment and earnings in the commonwealth are “barely back” to where they were when Beshear took office in December 2007:  …

Bluegrass Beacon – WWFS: What would Friedman say about minimum-wage hikes?

We just passed the 103rd anniversary of the late Nobel laureate Milton Friedman’s birthday while witnessing a maddening rush toward mammoth minimum-wage hikes, led by out-of-touch and economically illiterate do-gooders – from the White House to the Kentucky governor’s mansion and even to members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. As I witness this economic…