I tire of getting these public relations puff pieces from the governor’s office “announcing” new jobs coming to Kentucky.
The latest headline reads: “Gov. Beshear Announces Alpla to Establish Manufacturing Operations in Bowling Green, Create 72 Jobs.”
Why do job announcements come from the governor’s office, when the governor of Kentucky — any governor of Kentucky — has never created a single private-sector job?
How many non-taxpayer-mooching jobs has this state government ever created? How many jobs has any government created? Zero.
And yet we have all the politicians — from the governor to double-dipping pensioner Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green and local Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon lining up to “comment”on these new jobs, along with Frankfort’s tax-handout bureaucrats (otherwise known as “economic development officials.”)
Who cares what they have to say?
Many of the few new jobs that do come to Kentucky start in spite of our high taxes and over-regulation, not because our state is so economically attractive. In fact, it’s hypocritical for our government to trumpet itself as the great economic savior of our state when so many of its policies actually stand in the way of job creation — such as lack of a right-to-work policy, mandating union-rate prevailing wages on public projects that keep new schools from being built and crumbling ones from being repaired and the lack of a school-choice law that would result in a better-educated workforce.
Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, has filed four differen bills that would: result in Kentucky becoming a right-to-work state , eliminate project labor agreements and repeal prevailing-wage requirements.
Where’s the headline from the governor’s office saying: “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planned to Celebrate Kentucky’s New Right-To-Work Law” with comments from the governor apologizing for the fact that state government has stood in the way of real economic development “for way too long.”