“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.” –Winston Churchill
Gov. Beshear has called a special session to address the Medicaid budget gap, but won’t allow consideration of spending cuts.
Isn’t that special?
Remember, this is the rudderless administration that offered a budget last year that relied on $780 million in expanded gambling revenue, all the while knowing that the issue was dead. So by its irresponsibility, this governor forced the part-time legislature to completely start from scratch on budget preparations.
And now Beshear wants to accuse the Senate leadership — who offered a responsible mix of using one-time funds and cutting spending by a paltry 2.26 percent next year to make up the gap — of being reckless?
Isn’t that special?
Beshear also is adding his pet project — raising graduation rates — to the call. This allows the current spineless administration to skirt real education reform, ignore the need for charter schools while spending millions more to keep kids in school without addressing why they are leaving in the first place.
To do that would tick off a key constituency of this governor: the teachers unions and their playmates, the educrats who run the system and care absolutely nothing about the future of our students — and those out-of-touch legislators who allow it to continue to happen.
Besides, last year, Beshear said we couldn’t afford to raise the graduation rates. What’s happened since then that we don’t know about?
The NASCAR season is heating up again, but race cars aren’t the only things accelerating. So is spending in Washington.
In just two years, President Obama has accumulated $4.2 trillion in debt — almost nearly as much as his predecessor accrued in his total eight years in the White House — $4.46 trillion, which included the bulk of funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And any fiscal conservative must admit: Bush was a big spender, incurring nearly as much debt during his administration as his three predecessors — Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan combined to spend — $4.73 trillion. In just two years, the current administration accumulated 30 percent of the total debt going back to the end of World War II.
We might need to create a new description of spender, considering how quickly the current occupant of public housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — with a little help from his predecessors — is placing future generations in fiscal danger.
The results of a long winter and overly long, under-supervised school bus rides are beginning to take their toll on the busing for diversity madness in Louisville.
I mentioned one incident, triggered by bullying, a few days ago.
Now, for the second time since the beginning of March, violence has broken out on one of Jefferson County’s longer bus routes.
This time, 11 children wound up in the hospital with pepper spray burns after two girls took their dispute, which was apparently known to some adults at least several days before, to a new level.
WLKY.com has the details.
By the way, it turns out the 0222 bus mentioned in the news report was a substitute for Bus 0437. I checked with the Jefferson County Public Schools Transportation Department.
The route for Bus 0437 is listed in the Jefferson County Schools on line “Bus Finder.”
Bus 0437 runs to the Westport Middle School after making pickups at several road intersections as far away as River Park Drive and Amy Avenue, way over on the West Side of Louisville. Westport Middle School is on the East Side, about half way between I-264 and I-265 on Westport Drive. Mapquest says the distance, using the Interstates, is over 15 miles, one way.
WLKY says the Jefferson County School District is investigating this latest violent bus incident and that several parents of student victims plan to press charges against the child who did the spraying and possibly against the adults who provided the spray, as well.
But, the article also hints that the dispute between the two girls was known to the parents. Writes WLKY:
“Haynes said the incident was the result of an ongoing dispute between her daughter and the girl with the pepper spray. She said more could have been done to prevent Tuesday’s incident.”
While these are sketchy details, it sounds like the school system itself may be more involved.
Certainly, cooping kids up, every day, on bus rides (without an adult bus monitor) that run all over Louisville couldn’t have helped this festering situation. If problems between the two girls who started the fight were reported to school officials and still were not dealt with, that could open up a whole new area for inquiry. And, it is doubtful a school bus driver trying to negotiate I-71 in the Louisville area has much additional time to play referee for 13-year old altercations.
So far as Louisville’s excessive busing for diversity plan goes, could it be that the inevitable is now happening? Is it possible the novelty of going to school all away across the county is wearing off, so now thoroughly bored kids are starting to do what kids everywhere do when they are bored?
And, was another warning about bullying or at least a strong personality conflict ignored by personnel in the school district?
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After sending a follow up request to Jefferson County Public Schools, the district responded to the request for their most recent fiscal year check register. The information is currently being entered in a sortable database and will be available soon!
Recently, a set of requests was sent to Governor Steve Beshear and to the Cabinet for Health and Family services to obtain information that will aid in understanding the administration’s stance on the Medicaid shortfall in Kentucky. You can view those requests here.
It’s ludicrous for House Boss Rocky Adkins to accuse senators of standing in the way of resolving the Medicaid budget crisis in Frankfort. It is, in fact, the House leadership and their go-along pal in the governor’s office, who are holding up progress.
By saying from the outset that they refused to accept any cuts in spending to make up for the $167 million Medicaid budget gap, who exactly was it saying “it’s my way or the highway?”
Adkins lashed out at Senate leaders, saying their demands for responsible budgeting “makes a mockery of the system.”
Since when are Senate leaders, by demanding that a governor who failed to produce the savings he promised already now decide on cuts, making a mockery of the system?
Since when does $38.5 million cuts for education make “a mockery of the system” when local school districts have had a windfall of stimulus funding and now have more than $700 million in local contingency funds.
Since when does a request for a 2.26 percent worth of across-the-board cuts make “a mockery of the system” when most Kentucky families have had to tighten their belts a lot more?
Before they even saw the Senate’s responsible proposal, Adkins and the rest of the good-ole-boys known as House leaders rejected it outright.
Now, who exactly is it that we should give Adkins’ advice to: “When you don’t get your way, you don’t pick up your ball and go home?”