Invasion of the enviro-lites

NASA scientist James Hansen wants the attention that a protest (along with actress Daryl Hannah and 28 others) in front of Massey Energy in Charleston W. Va. brings, but he doesn’t want a real debate. Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship offered to debate Hansen about the environmental impacts of coal mining on mountaintops. But noooooooo,…

Senate didn’t buy Stumbo’s gumbo

The state Senate Budget Committee has voted 10-5 to kill the bill that would have expanded gambling by legalizing Video Lottery Terminals at Kentucky horse tracks. This came following all manner of arm-twisting and other “persuasive” techniques employed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. After the vote, Ron Geary, the owner of Ellis Park in…

Editorial: End ‘state enforced price fixing’

Sunday’s editorial in the Bowling Green Daily News didn’t pull any punches in describing the harmful effects of Kentucky’s prevailing-wage policy. It called the policy “a government enforced price fixing conspiracy” on public projects. The editorial did a good job of addressing how Kentucky’s prevailing-wage policy is harmful to the commonwealth’s economy: “Rather than allowing…

Prevailing avoidance

Kentucky’s legislative leaders are finally addressing the need to repair crumbling schools — but only as it benefits their call for more gambling. They remain resolute in their refusal to consider addressing antiquated and wasteful prevailing-wage policies, which drive up the cost of repairing schools by a whopping 20 percent. Apparently, satisfying labor constituencies is…