Standing in line to rob the train

The Lexington Herald Leader got the press release from Gov. Steve Beshear announcing the arrival of $37 million in housing bailout money. And they even wrote an article! But they missed the story. The Kentucky Department for Local Government reports the money is already gone and applications for an additional $78 million will have to…

Socialized InternetCare on the way

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 2.6 million Kentuckians don’t have broadband internet access in their homes. Quick, someone call the government! Actually, it appears someone already has. And since only six states have a lower broadband penetration than Kentucky, expect Internetforeveryone.org to get here soon. Internet Service Providers should probably get to…

Looking up to San Francisco

As Kentucky’s $30 billion public employee pension mess grows worse and worse each day, one left coast city has avoided the mess by telling the political class who’s boss: “The place without a pension disaster is the City of San Francisco. And the reason it doesn’t have a pension disaster is that all pension changes…

Stupid is as stupid subsidizes

Hard to miss the irony of this past week when a Kentucky Senate committee had a hearing on government spending transparency just as twin legislative secrecy bills were offered by the leaders of each chamber (here and here). By the same token, our lawmakers seem increasingly determined to give taxpayer money to motion picture productions…

Obamulus for Kentucky won’t touch this

When billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks, people usually listen. Politicians at every level of government in Kentucky should hear this, from his annual letter to shareholders sent out yesterday: “Local governments are going to face far tougher fiscal problems in the future than they have to date.”“The pension liabilities I talked about in last year’s…

Kentucky Fried Teeth

Kentucky blogger Cyberhillbilly picked up on an effort to stop subsidizing purchases of soft drinks with food stamp money: “Maybe it’s time Kentucky looked at banning the soda from being purchased via food stamps. The American Dental Association has already proposed a ban nationwide. Apparently such an effort would require a federal waiver, but we…