Beshear takes bow for best teachers union supporter

The National Education Association awarded Gov. Beshear with its 2011 America’s Greatest Education Governor Award. But was this award for supporting teachers unions or outstanding achievement in Kentucky’s education performance? “Gov. Beshear has shown unwavering support for Kentucky’s students and educators,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the NEA. “He championed quality preschool programs –…

Governor’s Medicaid power play hits providers and most needy recipients

On Friday, the Health and Family Services Cabinet Cabinet issued public notice for Medicaid rate reductions to take effect April 1 if no budget agreement is reached. The cabinet will significantly reduce payment to hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, community-based services, pharmacies, comprehensive care centers, primary care centers, local health departments and other providers…

Get out of Education Commissioner Holliday’s way

Gov. Beshear, Kentucky legislators, teachers’ unions and their highfalutin’ consultants just can’t resist dictating education policy and operations. There are major problems with this approach: 1) Most are amateurs on turnarounds and creating education performance excellence.2) They can’t implement their theories or be held accountable for results. There is an alternative to amateur hour. The…

Does the law apply only to private sector employees?

The media reports that a doctor is providing medical excuses for public employees protesting in Wisconsin. It doesn’t seem to bother her: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipqEzJpeqis] In the private sector a person would be terminated for falsifying time card information. Government auditors would penalize a government contractor if employees falsified time card information and defrauded the government. What…

State financial peril in 12 months?

You think the federal deficit is as bad as it gets? Think again. A CBS 60 Minutes segment paints an ugly picture about what might be coming to state and local governments near you. Now, apply the same terms used to describe the federal government’s attempt to cover up hidden deficits – “financial irresponsibility,” “reckless…