Senator joins battle to defend Kentucky coal

Senator Mitch McConnell recently joined Kentucky’s battle to defend coal miner jobs and keep energy prices affordable in the Bluegrass State. Speaking out against sweeping new Environmental Protection Agency regulations known as Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), Senator McConnell stated: “This regulation threatens the availability of reliable electricity to the American public, costs the…

Every Contractor a Potential Crony?

My friend Zubedah Nanfuka at the Sunlight Foundation highlights my colleague Logan Morford’s wake-up call about the risks of shutting off government contractors from Kentucky’s open records laws. Why do we require government agencies (and those who contract with the government) to avail themselves of requests for information from the public? A few reasons. It’s…

Budget battles, COLA, and ‘Future Shock’

The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that in the current proposed budget before the Kentucky General Assembly, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA’s) will be suspended for state retirees. This is significant because the state and local retirement plans are bound by what is called an “inviolable contract” (read more on page 8 of “Future Shock”) meaning that the retirement…

Prevailing wage = needless increase in cost: The bridge edition

Kentucky and Indiana are about to jointly embark on a $2.6 billion transportation infrastructure project to improve travel over the Ohio River to connect the two states. The project will result in two new bridges and improved interstate exchanges. These are badly needed improvements and it is great that these problems are being addressed. It…

Right to Work Debate

Last Thursday, our vice chairman Warren Rogers was part of a debate on right to work in Kentucky. Lexington Forum held the debate at the University of Kentucky’s Hillary J. Boone Center to a sold out crowd. There was a great back and forth debate between attorney Richard Dawahare and Warren Rogers. Below is the full debate…

Kentucky legislators grill EPA on coal

This week saw state legislators continue the battle to defend Kentucky coal from the unilateral edicts of the Environmental Protection Agency. Congressman Hal Rogers (R) of Kentucky’s fifth district traveled to Capitol Hill this past Thursday to demand an explanation for why EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has targeted Appalachian coal mining in particular: “It’s not…