Yesterday Jim Waters was a guest on Brook’s & Co. talking about the ky pension problem. Watch below the full broadcast I filmed at the studio in Bardstown, KY.
Good news for citizens in Indiana, to whom the state legislature recently granted the explicit right to protect their homes from unlawful intrusion – even if the intruder is a public official or police officer.
Our neighbors to the north became the first state in the US to adopt explicit language that police officers and other public officials are not exempt from the consequences of breaking into a private citizens’ home. Happily, Kentucky is one of more than thirty states in the nation to defend the “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand-your-ground” principle which allows individuals to defend their homes and cars from intruders using deadly force.
However, Kentucky has yet to explicitly spell out that law-abiding citizens are allowed to “stand their ground” if their home is invaded by a police officer.
Indiana has provided yet another example to the Kentucky legislature, and truly treats their citizens’ homes as a castle to be protected.
Kentucky Senate President David Williams will be on the radio with WVLK’s Sue Wylie Thursday morning discussing public pension reform. This discussion will take place on the heels of the Bluegrass Institute’s recently released public pension exposé, Future Shock: Kentucky Politicians’ Opulent Pensions Have Become a Modern Day Gold Rush.
I hope that serious consideration is given to the grave situation depicted in the report. A $34.5 billion unfunded pension liability is not something that can be swept under the carpet and Senator Williams is in a position of leadership that could potentially bring the issue to the forefront of the 2013 General Assembly.
If you would like to voice your concerns about Kentucky’s public pension crisis, listen Thursday morning and call in!
While the overall state report for Kentucky’s High School Class of 2012 on the ACT college entrance test won’t be released until August, individual students and schools have already been sharing the good news about outstanding, top 36-point score performance. Kentucky’s trend in this rarified atmosphere at the top of the academic heap already looks like it will be impressive.
Last year, according to Table 2.1 in the Kentucky ACT Profile Summary Report for 2011, a total of only 12 students in Kentucky’s graduating class of 2011 achieved the top ACT Composite Score of 36. That includes both public and private school students.
So far, more juniors and seniors taking the test in this school term posted 36-point scores. The Kentucky School Boards Association says so far 22 students in the state reportedly have ‘max-ed’ the ACT this year.
Given those numbers from the School Boards Association, it seems likely the Class of 2012 is going to post improved ACT ‘top score’ statistics when that information is released. And, the Class of 2013 may look even better.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson recently made the claim that, “Because [EPA critics’] main sources of information are not really being truthful in how they’re giving them information, we spend an awful lot of time trying to explain to people what we’re really doing.”
Naturally, this raises the question of how exactly the critics are being dishonest.
Nowhere in the article does Jackson point to any specific disinformation, lies or other falsehoods she claims are made by critics of the EPA. She offers no evidence to back up her vague and speculative claims, which calls into question her credibility on this subject.
And if this weren’t bad enough, Jackson engages in quite a bit of disinformation herself.
“One form of energy has to at least be subject to the same laws as the other forms are,” she said. “That’s what we’ve been working on as far as coal. I always tell people, it’s not about coal, it’s about the pollution that for too long has been associated with coal.”
If that is the case, then why is it that another 150 Kentuckians working in the coal mining industry will lose their jobs as a result of these burdensome regulations?
Why does one industry like coal get cracked down on by the bureaucrats in the EPA, while another industry like solar panels get showered in loans, subsidies and lax regulations?
That’s not what I’d consider “being subject to the same laws as the other forms [of energy] are”.
But go figure that Washington bureaucrats like Jackson don’t understand how these very real issues affect the lives and well-being of hard working Kentuckians in the coal mining industry. It’s not like her well-being and job are at risk from being crushed under the burdensome regulations.
Radio talk show host Joe Elliot at 970 WGTK interviewed Bluegrass Institute scholar Lowell Reese recently about the Institute’s new policy report “Future Shock: Kentucky Politician’s Opulent Pensions have become a Modern Day Gold Rush. ” The interview is the report in micro: Reese tells all the shocking numbers, obscene abuses, and conclusions the report offers.
Reese pulls no punches on the commonwealth’s retirement services “The Kentucky Employee Retirement System is virtually broke.” In the interview, Reese explains point by point how legislators are responsible for creating a public pension system which is not only in putting every Kentuckian deeper into debt, but also opens the door to new political leveraging.
In this respect, Reese responds to what the report cannot by discussing recent attempts and promises to fix the system. “What they [the Kentucky Legislature] did in the summer of 2008 with what they called the reforms of the pension system was very, very cosmetic” says Reese.
The interview (and report) makes it obvious that the taxpayers of Kentucky are being duped by their representatives, Republican and Democrat alike, into paying for one of the nation’s most lavish public pensions programs.
The interview can be found here.