Kentucky stands in the middle of the pack (#26) in terms of per-capita state debt. Tennessee, our neighbor, has the lowest. Hmm.
Dr. Burton W. Folsom from Hillsdale College provides this great example of how economical private enterprise succeeded while lavishly funded government enterprise did not.
Are we losing the spirit of the Wright brothers today?
Do our kids even hear about this important story in school today?
Demanding to make the contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) more open to the public, African-American pastors in Louisville have made it very clear – they are totally fed up with the school district’s endemic under-performance for children of color.
WDRB has printed comments here.
This letter was published in the Courier-Journal on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Have you noticed that state lawmakers find themselves in gridlock, completely incapable of swift action in every arena of policy except when it comes to spending your hard-earned money to line their own pockets?
For instance, the 2011 General Assembly deliberated for months about allowing Kentuckians to continue purchasing over-the-counter cold medications for their families without a doctor’s prescription. However, in 2005, HB 299 — which greatly increased legislators’ pension benefits — was rushed through the entire legislature in a single day.
Any reasonable person would agree that politicians should spend more time debating the Commonwealth’s biennial budget or its huge unfunded public-pension liabilities than arguing about liberty-busting measures involving cold medication. Imagine if all proposed legislation enhancing politicians’ personal benefits was deliberated for two consecutive legislative sessions before votes were cast. That extra time would allow for thorough vetting of bills, not only by legislators but also by taxpayers, media and policy experts. Rushing through legislation enhancing part-time state legislators’ benefits screams: “We are hiding something, and you won’t like what you find.”
Kentucky taxpayers should demand that the General Assembly require at least two consecutive sessions for any policy that enhances legislators’ benefits. That’s the kind of legislation worth rushing.
Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
Lexington, Ky. 40504