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…

Frankfort’s quote of the day

The Louisville Courier Journal’s Stephenie Steitzer has covered the public employee pension mess better than anyone in the Frankfort press corps. A story in Tuesday’s paper about how legislative leaders are considering more inconsequential tweaks to the system included this gem of a quote from actuary Patrick Welsh: “If they cut those benefits even more,…

Counting down to nine

Maine’s legislature is taking up a bill soon to introduce charter schools to benefit their students. That would leave nine states who have failed to make school choice options like charters widely available. There is no good reason for Kentucky to stand still while other states zip past us in education. Please join the Bluegrass…