Ky. Chamber president reacts to Obama’s speech on PBS News Hour

Dave Adkisson, president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, appeared tonight on PBS News Hour to react to President Obama’s speech to the U.S. Chamber. Obama acknowledged his administration’s “rocky start” with the business community but laid out plans for collaboration. Adkisson responded by stating that the President’s speech was an important gesture and toward…

Governor’s proposal threatens next year’s budget

Today’s Courier-Journal editorial should have been entitled: “Vote for ‘Caretaker Governor’s’ reelection.” By supporting Gov. Steve Beshear’s attempt to borrow $167 million from next year’s budget to close Kentucky’s Medicaid spending gap, the newspaper is essentially defending a political move designed to spare the pain of tough decisions until after this fall’s election. Fortunately, our…

Thursday Links: rewarding failure, meth hearing, trade agreements

Rewarding Failure: If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out “Rewarding Failure”, the Bluegrass Institute’s recent commentary on the sad state of education accountability, please do.  This short, honest, and alarming commentary discusses how superintendent evaluations are “rubber-stamped” and neglect to force any real accountability in Kentucky’s education system.  You can read the full…

Meth bill: Don’t lawmakers have more important things to do?

Clear-thinking legislators should reject Shepherdsville Rep. Linda Belcher’s bill requiring a prescription for cold/allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine — an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, a dangerous, highly addictive drug. Not only is it unnecessary government intrusion, it would drive up health care costs, take away yet more of our individual liberties and would actually make…

Tuesday thoughts and links: State of the Commonwealth, Fayette schools, and more…

Gov. Steve Beshear will give his State of the Commonwealth address tonight.  Let’s hope he calls for charter schools, increased transparency and accountability, spending cuts in state government, and making Kentucky a Right to Work state…I won’t hold my breath. Fayette County Schools superintendent Stu Silberman has announced his retirement. You can view a recent…