With accomplishments like these…

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said this evening “I am proud of the important work accomplished by the legislature, as shown by the following partial list of new laws.” His list of “accomplishments” includes: HB 143, the pension raid billHB 144, the tax increase billHB 117, the pension payment deferral billHB 153, the milk regulation bill…

What to do next

The Kentucky Tea Party this past weekend seemed to inspire many of those in attendance. In fact, the most common question heard afterwards was “what’s next?” One good answer is Bluegrass Tax Liberation Day, the April 18 follow-up event to the Tea Party. Everyone is invited to Applebee’s Park from 11 am to 2 pm.…

Government transparency takes another hit

Fresh of breaking his campaign promise about making Congressional bills publicly available for five days before a vote, President Barack Obama’s blue-ribbon economic committee is now meeting in secrecy.This sentiment is firmly entrenched in Kentucky as well, where Gov. Steve Beshear repeatedly promised more spending transparency and an efficiency study of state government without any…

Cover them with what?!?!

Gov. Steve Beshear is calling next week ‘”Cover the uninsured week” with Passport Health Plan.’ Passport Health Plan is a Medicaid plan for over 140,000 Kentuckians. Might we suggest instead “Cover the uninsured with less expensive regulations week?” Repealing certificate of need regulations would be a much better approach than signing more people up for…

Do the right thing, Governor

Pensions & Investments reported Wednesday afternoon that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has requested again to use part of the federal “stimulus” money to pay down his state’s public employee benefits debt.Rather than use this one-time money to make government bigger — and thus, more unaffordable in the future — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear would…

Numbers and politics

State mandated union wages for school construction projects are costing Kentucky children just over $341 million based on current building needs, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition reported Thursday evening. That number is based on $3.1 billion in requests from the Kentucky Department of Education and a conservative estimate of 10.7% added to construction costs by the…

Stimulating photo ops

Tuesday night in Frankfort, the State Journal newspaper reports, state Rep. Derrick Graham and Franklin County Judge Executive Ted Collins appeared at a public library to discuss borrowed federal money coming their way. On April 13, state Sen. Julian Carroll and Congressman Ben Chandler will be in to discuss the same thing. Another interesting tidbit…