Freedom in Kentucky

I had an opportunity to speak with the authors of the new Mercatus Center report, “Freedom in the 50 States.” Here’s the audio: Jason Sorens William Ruger As you’re probably aware, Kentucky landed in the bottom half of the rankings among the states. The advice the authors gave to Kentucky policymakers was fairly simple: Tighten…

An auto-tax robot from 1980

Okay, help me understand this: In 1980, Kentucky passed a law that automatically adjusted the gas tax based on the average wholesale price of gas. This tax goes to the Kentucky Road Fund The Road Fund is up 11.6% for the fiscal year Despite the increase in the available road funds, Kentuckians will be hit…

Bluegrass Institute interviewed about JCPS superintendent search

Yesterday, The Bluegrass Institute’s own Jim Waters was interviewed by WHAS about the superintendent search in Jefferson County. Waters was quoted as saying: “The system has a lot of issues that need to be addressed.  Superintendents need to have the flexibility to put the most experienced teachers in low performing schools” http://www.whas11.com/v/?i=123776254 Read the full…

Hey, we could really use that $11 million!

Today the governor announced that he is directing the Kentucky Department of Transportation to spend $13.6 million of contingency funds to make emergency repairs to highways damaged in winter storms. $13.6 million from contingency funds. A better idea to help fund these emergency repairs would be to not allocate $11 million for highway enhancements and tax…