Right-to-work rolls through Kentucky counties: Hardin County votes 8-1 against forced unionism; Cumberland, Pulaski next?

After right-to-work supporters were deemed everything from “racists” to “corporatists” to “union busters,” the Hardin County Fiscal Court voted 8-1 on Tuesday to pass the final reading of a right-to-work ordinance first approved on Dec. 23. The vote means Hardin County joins Warren, Simpson, Fulton and Todd as Kentucky’s right-to-work counties. Cumberland County Fiscal Court,…

Right-to-work: Coming to a (Butler?) county near you

Butler County Fiscal Court in Morgantown moves toward considering a right-to-work ordinance. Warren, Simpson, Fulton and Todd counties have all passed second readings of right-to-work ordinances. Hardin and Cumberland counties have passed first readings unanimously and have scheduled second readings on meeting agendas in January. A favorite argument of right-to-work opponents involves accusations of “freeloading.”…

Fulton County ignores union threats, Frankfort’s political squabbles and passes right-to-work

The Fulton County Fiscal Court on Dec. 30 unanimously passed Kentucky’s third local right-to-work ordinance. Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters and outgoing Fulton Co. Judge-Executive David Gallagher (right) encouraged magistrates to ignore threats by union lawyers and bosses as well as the political squabbles of anti-right-to-work politicians in Frankfort and the false claims of Big…

2015 General Assembly: Governor’s Medicaid expansion ‘promised something that we cannot deliver’

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly gets underway Tuesday with the swearing-in of lawmakers and beginning the process of electing leaders. Gov. Steve Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the House chambers will be among the week’s highlights. While the session is a non-budget, 30-day session, state Sen.…