Kentucky Secretary of Energy and the Environment Len Peters spoke at the EPA’s hearings on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, concerning the blockage of coal mining permits in Kentucky. Here is what he said:
This from Don Boudreaux’s Cafe Hayek. There is really no better way to say this:
Here’s a letter to the Washington Post:
Today’s cartoon by Tom Toles depicts alleged terrors that await workers in the wake of the weakening of public-sector labor unions.
Predictions that government will horribly mistreat its own employees unless they are organized into formal unions powerful enough to counter it suggests that government’s natural impulse is to abuse all of those with whom it deals. The same government that will cruelly oppress its unorganized employees will, with equal cruelty, oppress its unorganized citizens. So, for example, because those of us who pay taxes aren’t organized into a legally recognized taxpayers’ union with which government must collectively bargain, we taxpayers can expect to be unjustly exploited by government.
That expectation seems reasonable.
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
Be sure to check in at Cafe Hayek for more of Boudreaux’s blogs.
Obama: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
Yet more proof of the boneheaded way of thinking from our Mid-Atlantic masters. No wonder supporters of Kentucky coal and state sovereignty over our energy sector turned out in masses for the public EPA hearings in Frankfort Tuesday.
Continue to show your support tonight in Pikeville!
Reality can only be ignored for so long. It seems that the true story of public pension crises across the nation is finally hitting home.
From the AP:
Voters in two major California cities overwhelmingly approved cuts to retirement benefits for city workers in what supporters said was a mandate that may lead to similar ballot initiatives in other states and cities that are struggling with mounting pension obligations.
Supporters had a simple message to voters in San Diego and San Jose: Pensions for city workers are unaffordable and more generous than many private companies offer, forcing libraries to slash hours and potholes to go unfilled.
That is California. Any chance this movement toward pension reform will head east and spend some time in Kentucky?
In just a few days on June 11, The Bluegrass Institute will be releasing a report detailing how legislators have voted to increase their own pensions over the past 50 years. Municipalities all over the nation are coming face-to-face with the fact that the current defined benefit public pension system is simply unsustainable. Kentucky is no exception to this.
From the upcoming report:
…the main message of this story resides in the subsurface – the attitude of the General Assembly…demonstrated by flat-out greed and disrespect for the public treasury, which now has put the standard of living of all Kentuckians in jeopardy.
The standard of living for an entire state should never be jeopardized by the wasteful spending of a select few.
News Alert: Institute supports auditor’s effort to shine the light on special taxing districts operating ‘in the pitch black dark’
Districts responsible for between $500 million and $1.5 billion in taxpayer money
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute publicly stated support this week for a new fact-finding mission initiated by state Auditor Adam Edelen to shed light on Kentucky’s special taxing districts.
“We don’t know how these districts are governed, how they collect and spend revenue or even how many exist in the state, said Logan Morford, vice president of transparency for the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. “This is a very serious transparency problem for our state.”
These entities, which include fire departments, airports, libraries and water, sewer and sanitation districts, are responsible for between $500 million and $1.5 billion in taxpayer money.
“I support the important work that special districts such as libraries, fire departments and water and sewer boards do, but if you have ability to take from taxpayers you have to be accountable to them,” Edelen said in a statement issued by his office on Wednesday. “This is a huge layer of government that is operating not just in the shadows, but in the pitch black dark.”
Many groups from across the political spectrum, including Kentucky Club for Growth
and Common Cause Kentucky support the auditor’s initiative, which includes making the findings publicly accessible to citizens in an online database that would contain financial data and other statistics about these districts.
“Placing this information online is a trend that we think could greatly benefit Kentuckians,” Morford said. “It is better to have millions of auditors rather than just one.”
Here is a short clip of comments from Kentucky State Representative Ben Waide concerning the EPA’s impact on the coal industry in Kentucky.
Sorry about the background noise, but there were LOTS of people getting ready for the pro-coal rally.