Another BIPPS policy advances: Senate committee votes 10-1 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school construction projects

The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee today ensured that legislation lowering the cost of school-construction projects by repealing prevailing-wage requirements is the first bill to reach the Senate floor. “For school districts, it’s going to save up to 51 percent off labor costs on construction projects,” Sen. Will Schroder, who sponsored Senate Bill 9, told…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…

Bluegrass Beacon: Super-size restaurant taxes fund tourism’s shiny new toys

All taxpayers and restaurant owners of Shelbyville and Madisonville wanted this Christmas was to be left alone by pro-tax politicians and bureaucrats. Nearly 3,000 of them even went to the trouble of signing Kentucky’s biggest Christmas list – a petition opposing Shelbyville’s planned super-sized restaurant tax, which the state allows what previously were considered fourth…