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.

Why Kentucky needs “loser-pays”

University of Kentucky basketball rarely intersects with the public policy realm, but it did Wednesday when former coach Billy Gillispie filed a lawsuit seeking $6 million from the program. The case should be open-and-shut. Gillispie signed a Memorandum of Understanding Offer in April of 2007 stating that if he signed a contract and was subsequently…

Can’t tax our way out of this

A sobering Stateline article Tuesday about closing auto dealerships only strengthens the case for cutting the size of state government immediately: “Consider that a fifth of California‚Äôs sales tax revenue is from new and used car sales.”“As these local dealerships close, the impact will be more profound than people realize,” said Sen. Mark Norris, the…