Kathy Stein strikes again

Sen. Kathy Stein needs people to buy cigarettes in Kentucky in order to help save the state from going bankrupt under a tidal wave of unfunded pension benefits (wink, wink), but she is also determined to control where people smoke. Enter Senate Bill 35, Stein’s first Senate bill, which bans smoking in cars by minors.

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…