Meth plan would exacerbate prescription drug abuse crisis

Kentucky faces a prescription-drug abuse crisis that Gov. Beshear rightly described in his recent congressional testimony as “the fastest growing, most prolific substance abuse issue facing our country.” That’s precisely why Kentucky lawmakers rightly resisted proposed legislation during the 2011 session of the Kentucky General Assembly to require prescriptions for purchasing cold and allergy products…

How much higher can college tuition go?

We wrote earlier on a study by The Family Foundation of Kentucky last year reporting that Kentucky’s colleges and universities have failed to control costs and have been increasing tuition rates that far outstrip median households. But that didn’t stop the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky from seeking a 6 percent increase…

ObamaCare, Medicaid and emergency rooms

According to NPR, some emergency room doctors say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) will make emergency room overcrowding worse: Hospital emergency rooms, the theory goes, get overcrowded because people without health insurance have no place else to go. But that’s not the view of the doctors who staff those emergency departments. The…

The real picture of entitlement spending

While Washington continues to battle over the budget, the forecast for entitlement spending grows more grim. This graph by The Heritage Foundation’s lead budget analyst, Brian Riedl, shows the trajectory of entitlement spending in the US budget. Riedl’s estimates reveals an increasingly problematic trend. From 2008 to 2020, he projects entitlement spending (Social Security, Medicare…

Quote of the day: Mourning ‘the death of fiscal federalism’

“We should mourn the death of fiscal federalism. “The fear of losing taxpayers to another jurisdiction gives policymakers an incentive to keep taxes, regulations and other intrusions modest; but homogenized, top-down policy diminishes the incentives for states to compete for residents. “Instead of competing for residents, states compete for federal funding and privileges. It’s a…