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The list of allies fighting for Kentucky’s energy sovereignty seems to get longer every day.
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY, 2nd District) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN, 9th District) joined forces this past Monday to speak out against the Draconian mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency which threaten to choke the economic vitality out of Appalachia’s most valuable natural resource – coal.
Rep. Guthrie did not advocate leaving environmental concerns by the wayside, but for the EPA to embrace more realistic and cost-effective alternatives for Kentucky’s energy sector: “We just want it to get reasonable, we want it to have common sense, and have it have economic sense.”
Concerned Kentuckians and local officials will have their day to take on the EPA and its sweeping new regulations at a head-to-head public hearing on June 5th and 7th in Pikeville and Frankfurt, KY respectively.
A good way to judge one’s placement in any competition is a comparison with one’s closest, most similar adversaries. If we’re talking about a state’s economic performance and outlook, the relevant competition for Kentucky is its closest neighbors in states like Indiana and Tennessee.
Taking a look at Kentucky’s economic performance in the most recently released edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC’s) “Rich States, Poor States,” Kentuckians should be a bit disappointed in how the Bluegrass State placed compared to its its neighbors.
Why? Well, because the differences in economic policy and outlook between Kentucky and Tennessee was so stark that Arthur Laffer and the co-authors of the report actually decided to use Kentucky and Tennessee as a specific example of how two similar states which differ only in economic policy can have profoundly different economic outlooks.
Unfortunately, Kentucky wasn’t used as the shining example in this comparison, but the cautionary tale.
Below is an excerpt of the comparison – and it’s as close to anything the social sciences will get to resembling a laboratory experiment.
|Top Marginal Personal Income Tax Rate||0%||8.2%|
|Top Marginal Corporate Income Tax Rate||6.5%||8.2%|
|Total State & Local Tax Revenue as % of GSP||7.34%||8.9%|
|Right to Work?||Yes||No|
|Change in Personal Income over past 30 years||430.9%||338.5%|
Let’s hope Kentucky starts to follow Tennessee’s racing example instead of continuing to watch from the sidelines as Tennessee and its economic outlook zoom on by.
This past Friday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday reconfirmed the Bluegrass State’s commitment to using technology in our schools. You can read his comments, which include information about a number of interesting technology tools, here.
By the way, one subject the commissioner didn’t cover was using digital learning to make summer course offerings more affordable to school districts. We know that a number of school districts did use digital learning for summer ‘credit recovery’ courses last year, but a number of other districts did not.
With funding getting tight in many schools around the state, digitally based summer courses could offer an affordable answer for helping our students stay on track for high school graduation. Without such economical approaches, some of our students might not have any opportunity to catch back up this summer.
If you or your child experienced summer digital learning last year, we’d like to hear about how that worked out. Also, if your school district isn’t planning to offer credit recovery this summer, you should contact your local board members to let them know that digital learning might be an answer. We’d be glad to help facilitate getting more districts on board with summer digital learning.
You can learn more about digital learning in our video series. The first three videos are available here
Start the week off right with Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters, who will be on
The Mandy Connell Show Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (eastern) on Louisville’s 84WHAS.