Minimum wage the key to alleviating poverty? You must be dreaming

Whether it’s failing schools, public-pension liabilities or an infinite number of other challenges plaguing the commonwealth, our nation’s poverty problem elicits one single tired solution from bigger-government apologists: throw more money at it. Note President Obama’s renewed push in his State of the Union address for once again raising the minimum wage. Supporters believe poverty…

One-size-fits-every-state education mandates just the latest federal education fiasco

The latest threat to our rights as Kentucky parents to educate our children in ways that best fit each child’s needs comes from a federally imposed, one-size-fits-every-state educational directive known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The program bills itself on its website as offering a “consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected…

‘Brain dead’ law denies state lawmakers constitutional control of Obamacare spending

Tea-party activists led by Jessamine County’s David Adams recently filed lawsuits in Franklin Circuit Court challenging Gov. Steve Beshear’s arrogant use of executive power to force Kentuckians to participate in the federal health-care boondoggle known as “Obamacare.” Beshear claims he has the right to create a government-run health exchange and expand Kentucky’s Medicaid rolls –…

News Alert: Forty organizations join together for National Employee Freedom Week, remind workers of their options regarding union membership

Bluegrass Institute joins groups in 30 states in national campaign to promote employee freedom (Lexington, KY )– Today, the Bluegrass Institute announced its participation in National Employee Freedom Week, a first-of-its-kind national campaign to remind union members about the freedom they have to leave their unions. National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) is June 23-29 and will highlight how…

Squawking about pension reform doesn’t make it so

Recently, I was a panelist on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program about the commonwealth’s public-pension crisis. Much of the discussion reminded me of an annoying rhetorical tactic generally reserved for parrots, but often employed by cheerleaders for bigger, more -costly government: repeating the same nonsense over and over until viewers cave to the pure monotony. For…

Note to self: ‘Kentucky cannot tax, borrow and spend its way to the Promised Land’

(This article was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Monday, May 27, 2013) By Brian Strow, Ph.D. Jason Bailey, a member of the Governor’s Tax Reform Commission, argued that Kentucky needs to take “bold revenue action” to fund increased government spending. (Ky. Voices: Tax reform essential to Kentucky’s future, May 4). Bailey is correct that…