“The overwhelming conclusion in the economics literature is that prevailing wage laws increase construction costs. The analysis performed by the Office of State Budget Director shows that a conservative estimate of the potential cost savings for the Commonwealth would be a statewide average of 17.1% of the labor cost of construction projects.”
– The Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws On Labor Costs for Capital Construction Projects, J. Michael Jones, Office of State Budget Director, 2006
The FDA has won its fight against a Washington-area Amish farmer who had the temerity to sell unpasteurized (raw) milk to willing customers who were typically fully aware of the risks.
The FDA has won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh, raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington region, after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines, and he told his customers he’ll shut his farm down altogether.
The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer’s supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and who say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children. But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation against Mr. Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres Farm, near Lancaster, said unpasteurized milk is unsafe and said it was exercising its due authority to stop its sale from one state to another.
Kentucky has a piece of legislation winding its way through the process that would recognize “cow sharing,” the legal recognition of those who own a cow in common for the purposes of divvying up the raw milk.
Even if this bill becomes law, the FDA would still be empowered by Congress and the White House to go after those who sell natural food to willing customers. Most of us will continue to buy pasteurized milk from a grocery store and are perhaps a bit weirded out by something so … well, raw. So why allow the federal government to engage in 5 a.m. raids and undercover sting operations just to shut down the willing buyers and sellers of a natural product?
There’s no question that raw milk is a controversial topic. There are risks associated with consuming it. Whatever those risks, taking responsibility for one’s own diet is one of several responsibilities of adulthood. How many other rights are implicated when a federal agency can legally prohibit the sale of natural food in the name of protecting you from your own choices?
Dr. Howard Fuller, National Renowned Black Educational Reformer to Speak at Educational Forum in Louisville
Louisville, KY. – The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is sponsoring an educational forum on charter schools and parental choice options for failing black and low income students within Jefferson County Public Schools and throughout Kentucky.
Dr. Howard Fuller, the pioneer education reformer and one of the nations’s most distinguished advocates for providing children from black and low-income families with educational options, will be speaking at the forum, which will be held at Louisville’s Quinn Chapel AME Church, 1901 W. Muhammad Ali, Blvd tonight from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A few months before his death, the late Pastor Louis Coleman led a group of 14 persons, including six other black Pastors from Louisville, to visit public charter schools in Milwaukee, where they met with BAEO and Dr. Fuller.
Pastor Coleman told his fellow ministers: “Brethren we must bring Dr. Fuller and BAEO to Kentucky.”
In 2011, BAEO Came to Kentucky and now Dr. Fuller is coming.
Dr. Fuller will join others in Frankfort tomorrow morning to testify before the state House Education Committee at 8 a.m.
For more information, please contact Pastor Jerry L. Stephenson, BAEO Kentucky State Coordinator
Learn more about BAEO at: www.baeo.org
I will be hitting the airwaves today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (eastern) —Bluegrass Mondays on the Mandy Connell Show on Louisville’s 84WHAS
Fifty-nine Kentucky lawmakers have signed an Amicus Brief in support of the 27 states suing the federal government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Kentucky House Minority Leader Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, was one of only a very few members of his party who did not join the lawsuit, which specifically contests the Individual Mandate provisions of the federal health-care policy.
State Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, who coordinated the effort in the commonwealth, released a statement announcing the move while criticizing Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway for refusing to “join the growing chorus of states bringing suit before the Supreme Court to contest the Constitutionality of the sweeping and unprecedented legislation known as ‘Obamacare.'”
The Cato Institute sponsored this brief for legislators across the nation from states that have not joined the lawsuit known as Department of Health and Human Services, et al., vs. States of Florida, et al. The State Policy Network, of which the Bluegrass Institute is a member, helped facilitate the project.
So far, 332 legislators (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) nationwide have signed on. Here’s some more from the statement:
“The Senators and Representatives who joined this Amicus Brief are glad to stand with Republican, Democratic, and Independent legislators from states all across the Union against this encroachment upon individual freedoms and states’ sovereignty. While these Kentucky legislators remain committed to promoting the public welfare and the health of all of our citizens, we will not countenance the usurpation of Constitutional authority or the flaunting of Constitutional limits on Government power.
“America remains free because our Founders recognized the proper limits of Government authority. They established clear boundaries by specifically enumerating the powers entrusted to Government. The United States Constitution is the document every legislator—state and federal—swears an oath to uphold.”
We’ll have more on this as developments occur.
“Unfortunately, President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline and freeze out over 20,000 jobs comes as no surprise to me. This administration’s anti-development, anti-coal, and anti-job policies are out of touch with working families, our serious economic challenges, and our need for reliable, low-cost energy resources. Throughout my region, we’ve seen this contempt firsthand with the relentless assault by EPA and others on Kentucky coal and coal mining jobs.” –Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset