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…

Happy facts about Kentucky coal

Did you know? Kentucky coal is a $5.3 billion dollar industry, producing 112.9 million tons per year. There are more than 18,000 coal mining jobs in Kentucky, and each one supports three other Kentucky coal company workers. Starting salaries for miners in rural Kentucky range from $65,000 to $70,000. Kentucky produces the third most amount…

Kentucky defends coal against the EPA

This week, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is scheduled to hear arguments from 16 states, including Kentucky, that challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping new greenhouse gas regulations. According to the states, the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was enacted illegally without independent scientific review, as required by the Clear…

Again, Kentucky watches from the sidelines

While Kentuckians have to listen to excuses about why our state won’t move forward with innovative education solutions, Louisiana’s governor is displaying leadership and taking measures to empower education professionals with the authority they need to make significant reforms in their school systems. From the Pelican Post: The existing law includes language that prohibits school…