Catering to voters with bad credit

Rep. Jim Gooch has filed a bill that would limit how much auto insurance companies could raise rates on drivers with bad credit. Insurers have overwhelming evidence that drivers with bad credit are more expensive risks behind the wheel. The American Legislative Exchange Council issued a report back in 2003 finding bills like this increased…

Gov. Beshear says he wants our ideas

Gov. Steve Beshear said via press release this morning that he wants taxpayers to send him government cost-saving ideas. Here goes: Repeal prevailing wage to lower public construction project costs. Repeal certificate of need to lower healthcare costs. End the practice of doling out corporate welfare “economic development” deals. Stop requiring government agencies to buy…

This isn’t it, Gov. Beshear

The Beshear Administration has finally released its government spending transparency web site. Let’s just say it needs some work. One glaring error is the statement that Kentucky Retirement Systems doesn’t use tax dollars (click the image below to read it):The legislature just met back in June and agreed to dump billions of dollars into KRS…

Protecting workers from union intimidation

President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to make unionization of private workplaces more widespread with federal legislation to eliminate secret ballots in worker elections to accept or reject union representation. Without secret ballots, union representatives could strong-arm workers into checking a card indicating their desire for a union. A national organization is taking the battle against…

Missing the boat on pension reform

An odd story in a national investments magazine perhaps sheds light on why so few people have expressed appropriate shock and horror at the huge mess Kentucky officials have made of our public employee fringe benefits system. Pension and Investments Magazine quotes (misquotes?) Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller understating the size of Kentucky’s…

What would your top priority be?

As the 2009 General Assembly starts up, the most commonly searched bill on KentuckyVotes.org for the new session is Rep. Bill Farmer’s tax reform bill. It is clear that state government’s most immediate needs involve cutting spending dramatically. Changing tax and regulation policies to better encourage growth are certain to get short shrift in the…