Keep both hands on your wallet

On Gov. Beshear calling Kentucky’s general assembly into action on June 15, Mark Twain (1835-1910) had this to say, “No one’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” Why does Beshear wants more of your money this time? * Preserving SEEK funding for Tier 5 public schools (no improvement six…

Is your Grandma an “inefficiency?”

A health care report out today from President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers says Medicare costs could be lowered by about one-third by leveling the differences in costs per patient between the states and between the U.S. and other nations.Looks like they are talking about little more than rationing care to me. In fact,…

It’s not a billion

The Frankfort tax increase brigade is on the offensive this morning with an editorial repeating the silly claim that the state has a $1 billion revenue shortfall. This is nothing more than a marketing scheme for bigger government. If it were a real emergency, far more would be done to reduce wasteful spending. Indeed, the…

Quit whining and shrink government

Wondering what’s behind all the noise about the supposed $996 million budget shortfall in Kentucky? It’s really not that complicated. The General Assembly wants to spend $9.296 billion in the year beginning July 1. Economists estimate they will only have $8.3 billion. So Gov. Beshear says there is a $996 million shortfall. The revised budget…

Disaster in the making

Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a special session of the General Assembly will convene June 15. Several Republican Senate members I spoke to this afternoon said no agreements about revenues, spending cuts, or hot-button issues like casino gambling have been reached. Cook up some popcorn for this one. Should be quite a show.

Sticks and stones…

Susan Pace Hamill of University of Alabama School of Law put out a report on state and local public policy which lists Kentucky as one of the “Shameful Sixteen” states. She claims that our taxing and spending policies hurt poor people and “violate the moral principles of Judeo-Christian ethics.” Read the report here. Hamill’s grand…

Racing to conclusions

In the latest edition of liberty’s lovers and losers: A national newspaper changes its mind about school choice, expanded gambling is viewed as a bailout for playing wrong cards in the past and Louisville’s mayor wisely uses his veto pen. Click here to read the entire column.