25% jump is just the start!
Just for N. KY, it’s not $8 million, not $32 million, but an astonishing $163 million more!
Tea Party gets separate organization status in hearing
Explosive information has been surfacing over the past week about a huge requested hike in water prices in Northern Kentucky.
Even worse, we now are hearing that Northern Kentucky is just the test case – those huge rate increases are coming to every area of the state, as well. Overall, a civil engineer who works with the Tea Party says statewide, Kentuckians may be forced to cough up around $1 billion more for water in the next half-decade! That’s nearly one-fifth of the entire public school budget in the state.
And, the Tea Party is breaking new ground, and is now an officially recognized interest organization with legal representation and the right to cross examine witnesses at the Public Service Commission’s hearings. It’s an unprecedented development that places a real, public interest group in position to really interact at the hearings.
The huge water rate hike proposals have serious implications for Kentucky’s economy. Aside from inexpensive energy – also under attack from Washington – another major attraction for the Northern part of the state is a good water supply. Now, thanks to EPA regulations that are being severely questioned by some technical experts as excessive and unnecessary (Hear those comments in this You Tube), that other major industrial attractor may get priced out of the market, as well.
The EPA’s attack on Kentucky’s energy and water systems could wind up being a “double-whammy” that not only precludes further development, but actually pushes existing business to move elsewhere.
In other interesting news, it is also reported that the Public Service Commission is reacting in a constructive way to criticism about its current policies for taking public comments from private citizens, a problem I wrote about earlier.
Overall, the Kentucky Enquirer is doing a good job covering the water rate hike story, so I won’t repeat what they have said. The link above plus this one summarizing events at yesterday’s PSC hearing in Frankfort are well worth a read.
And, congratulations to the Tea Party for moving into exciting new territory that expands the ability of common citizens to get involved with government decisions that can have major impacts on all of us. Finally, the common man is finding a voice in Kentucky.
Why aren’t you showing up for school meetings?
Despite all the hype about how great KERA is, one major problem very obviously continues – Kentucky parents are not coming to important school events that concern the education of the children.
I know it’s a problem.
The Courier-Journal says it’s happening in Bullitt County.
And, it isn’t limited to school systems where many parents have modest incomes.
I personally noted a similar lack of attendance several weeks ago at an excellent program run by the Boone County Public School system.
Boone County covers an upper scale Northern Kentucky area, so low parent involvement here indicates something other than income levels is at fault.
So, let’s hear from our readers. Why do you think parents are not coming to important school events that can help them help their children to get a better education? There has to be a reason, and I don’t buy the excuse some educators give that it’s because parents just don’t care (a position a former very high level school official tried to push at a meeting I attended just last night, by the way).
“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” –Frédéric Bastiat
While Kentucky law does not require candidates to live in a district for a certain amount of time before running for office, they can be disqualified for not living at the address when filing to run.
Toborowsky admits that he moved in with Thienamen solely for the purpose of vying for the seat, but that he only stays there four nights a week. He said the rest of the time he stays at a friend’s house, but would not specify where that residence is located, other than saying it’s somewhere in the district. Further confusing the situation is the fact that Toborowsky also admitted to staying 10 percent of his time with a friend in Jeffersontown, which is not located in District 3.
So where is Toborowsky living? Wave 3 found several addresses for Toborowsky and — surprise, surprise — none were in District 3.
Yet concerns about Toborowsky’s residency did not scare away the Jefferson County Teachers Association — at least not at first. The union originally endorsed Toborowsky, although it has since then pulled its support. Still, the union has already paid for yard signs, TV ads and a billboard on Interstate 71.
“Our endorsements are used as recommendations by voters,” Brent McKim, president of the teachers association, said. “Therefore, we encourage voters to seek more information on this particular race.”
But why is location so important? Isn’t the most important thing the fact that he is concerned about the district and its children? Toborowsky’s opponents say he just wants to be elected and doesn’t know enough about the district.
Wave 3 asked him to name the elementary schools in the district.
“Well you have Norton, you have Schaffner,” said Toborowsky. “I’m going to continue and stick with what the issues are.”
Not only does he not know the names of District 3 schools, he said he’s not planning on learning them, either.
For the record, the other elementary schools are Bowen, Chancey, Dunn, Hite, Lowe, Middletown, Wilder and Zachary Taylor. Schaffner Elementary is actually part of District 4.
Both Toborowsky AND the teachers union need to do their homework.
Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of policy and communications, will speak tonight at the Bullitt County Choice Smoking Ban Forum. The forum, which will be held at the Hillview Government Center, 299 Crestwood Lane, begins at 6:30 p.m.
Read more about how government-imposed smoking bans threaten constitutionally protected private property rights.