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You know by now Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is gone. One point in the bio of his successor, Gov. Pat Quinn, raises a possible reform in Kentucky worth discussing: “He led a successful effort to pass the “cutback amendment” — a change in the Illinois Constitution that cut the size of the House from 177…

A tipping point for dumb taxes?

As Kentucky’s grand idea to save state spending programs with higher tobacco taxes fizzles out, some might find satisfaction that state lawmakers elsewhere are catching hell for wacky ideas to keep themselves on the gravy train. A Georgia state senator says he will file a bill to charge a five dollar state cover charge for…

Can’t stop the outsourcing train

The new reality is inescapable: worldwide economic difficulties would have created more outsourcing of jobs anyway. Does anyone really think more massive federal bailouts, new laws to strengthen labor unions, new policies to limit free trade, higher taxes, and the specter of a growing social welfare system will do anything but accelerate the growth of…