Transparency: It’s about holding government accountable, not fishing expeditions to harass private businesses

We have written previously about House Bill 496, which would protect companies who do business with the government from being subject to Open Records rules. The bill filed by Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, is a response to an attorney in his district who apparently is using an earlier attorney general’s ruling to harass private companies. After…

Charter Schools, Boomshakalaka!

Excuse the goofy graphic above, but come on — Dr. Howard Fuller offered great testimony in front of the House Education Committee this past Valentine’s Day in Frankfort! Fuller offered a solid foundation in support of public charter schools in Kentucky, pointing out that 42 states have already welcomed charters to their states. My favorite quote from Dr.…

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…