Kentucky school districts swim in money while Medicaid drowns

Gov. Beshear is accusing those who oppose his avoid-all-tough-decisions-until-the-election’s-over approach to dealing with Kentucky’s Medicaid shortfall as a bunch of meanies wanting to cut funding for “our schoolchildren.” Well…..let’s see here: According to the Legislative Research Commission, local Kentucky school districts have balances of $775 million, which is 49 percent more than they had in…

BIPPS tackles meth ‘compromise’ in Herald-Leader op-ed

In his op-ed in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader, Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, discussed the latest attempt by some politicians and pencil pushers at law enforcement agencies to make pseudoephedrine a controlled substance. An attempt to exempt “gel” or “liquid-gel” caps from requiring a prescription is being called a compromise. But Waters writes…

NPR, I beg to differ…

This morning NPR interviewed economist Dean Baker.  He claimed that there is too much focus on the budget deficit in recent months and that if anything the federal government needs to be spending MORE money.  He believes that job creation should be focus of discussion and even went as far as to say that there…

Quote(s) of the day: Forecasting bankruptcy, higher healthcare costs

Predictions offered by Ed Lane, publisher of The Lane Report: Government:“Watch for prepackaged bankruptcies for cities, counties and states unable to pay contractual obligations for employees'[sic] pensions and healthcare. The trend could start in California, Michigan, New Jersey or New York.” Automotive: “Higher U.S. automotive sales will boost employment at Kentucky’s manufacturing and assembly plans…