Kentucky coal not-so-fun facts

Compared to 2011, 2012 saw Kentucky coal face some alarming set-backs: Total jobs lost, 4,028. Mining employment, down 22 percent. Underground mining employment, down 15.4 percent. Surface mining employment, down 34.8 percent. Eastern Kentucky mining employment, down 29.9 percent. Total production was 91.4 million tons, down 16.3 percent. Eastern Kentucky production, down 27.6 percent. Though…

Op-Ed: Major reforms needed to repair Kentucky’s broken pension system

The following is an op-ed I submitted for publication in the Lexington Herald-Leader. It was printed on Monday April 15, 2012. You can view the letter on the paper’s website here. If Kentucky’s public pension system was a private-sector business, it would have been forced to close its doors many years ago. Unfortunately, the pension…