None dare call it welfare abuse

While state politicians are trying to let Kentucky’s obese fringe benefits system bankrupt the state as they play at reform, two U.S. Congressmen from the Bluegrass State voted today to wreck our ability to provide unemployment insurance by tossing out billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Ten days after Stateline.org reported Kentucky is one of seventeen…

Even more justification for scrapping CATS

An Education Week article comparing the actions of Kentucky education officials to those of troubled mortgage borrowers somehow failed to gain the attention of Kentucky’s mainstream media this past week. The article described how several states — Kentucky is highlighted, but not alone — have declined to get serious about improving education standards and now…

Small transparency step, giant Kentucky leap

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson gained national attention today by announcing his office’s willingness to post it’s checkbook on the internet. Indeed, the site is available (along with May’s expenditures) right here.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xzAWm2z6Yc]Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist said “on behalf of Kentucky taxpayers, I congratulate Secretary of State Grayson for taking the initiative to…

Prevailing-mandates on school-construction projects: Testimony offered to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor

Editor’s note: The following testimony was offered to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor on Feb. 13, 2008, by Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute.  Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Greetings from Kentucky, where celebrations got underway earlier this week, commemorating the 200th birthday of the nation’s 16th president. My name is Jim…