Time to engage on real tax reform

As Frankfort’s attention turns next week to tax reform, Kentucky’s neighboring states continue to talk more about getting out of the business of taxing incomes.More about Ohio’s effort here. This would go a long way toward reducing government’s power by removing one major weapon for determining winners and losers. Taxing purchases of goods and services…

A talking point for state employees

On Tuesday, we mentioned legislators talking about cutting back on public employee benefits again rather than keeping the focus on properly funding future liabilities. Now that former legislator Gov. Steve Beshear is earning pension credits on a governor’s salary and House Speaker Greg Stumbo is earning pension credits on his former Attorney General’s salary and…

Frying ourselves with Davis Bacon

Politicians’ bipartisan support for wasteful labor union policies continue to cost taxpayers dearly. Recent events, however, may help draw attention to this widespread practice. The Club for Growth released its Congressional report card Thursday. The first highlighted House vote was one that would have allowed taxpayers to excape having to pay Davis Bacon “prevailing wage”…

Give a man a phone book

The old saying about the value of giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish obviously gained popularity before lobbying for Congressional earmarks became a marketable skill. And the lessons we are supposed to learn to help us grow stronger during the current recession clearly aren’t going to involve not paying a…