The Frankfort State Journal reports today that Gov. Steve Beshear spent $86,000 on his recent junket to Japan. Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton says we should be happy about it:
“Despite the high price tag, Jay Blanton, a spokesman for the governor, said the trip to Japan was a good investment.”
“”You have got to spend dollars and time and effort to get the payoff,” he said. “When the economy is tight we need to pay more attention to job recruitment efforts. The people of Kentucky expect the governor to aggressively recruit investments that result in jobs.””
That kind of effort, expense, and the tax dollar giveaways that seal the “economic development” deals politicians tout may continue to be the best we can do as long as the state keeps taxes too high for everyone else.
Or we could get rid of taxes on income altogether and see how much more competitive and productive that makes us.