Out-of-touch state legislators should quit melting down about nuclear power and understand it’s a safe way to keep energy costs low.
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced that he plans to call a special session later in spring to deal with the current lack of a budget. In addition he is doing a of campaigning to discuss what life would be like without a state budget: a government shutdown.
Beshear recommended to lawmakers that they not raise taxes as well as not increase state debt. This sounds like a desire to be accountable and fiscally responsible. I can only hope that this rhetoric carries through to action in the special session.
Charter school legislation is also a possible topic of discussion for a special session making this a potentially interesting spring in Frankfort. Let’s hope the state legislature can do it’s constitutionally mandated job this time as we pay them more money since they couldn’t get it done during the regular session.
The Supreme Court is about to begin hearing arguments in an interesting case regarding government transparency and petitions. At issue is whether the names on petitions are able to be obtained through open records requests.
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“Long-term unemployment has risen dramatically during the course of the recession – this increase is one of the most dramatic and important unemployment trends. In a healthy economy, we should expect to see a short duration of average unemployment. This signal indicates an economy where workers’ skills are transferrable and they are able to quickly move in and out of sectors of an economy in flux. During the 50 years from 1950 to 2000, this was the nature of unemployment in the United States, with an average of 12.4% of total unemployment lasting for periods less than or equal to 27 weeks.
Last month, over 44.1% of unemployed workers (over 6.5 million workers) had been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. This is the highest relative level of long-term unemployment in the United States since the beginning of BLS records in 1948; at the start of 2008 only 18.3% of unemployed workers fell into this category. Importantly, these measures of unemployment exclude workers who desired employment but were, for various reasons, not included in BLS’s unemployment calculations – an estimated 5.8 million workers. When these workers are included in the overall totals of the unemployment, the relative percentage of long-term unemployed workers is certain to increase as well as the absolute number of unemployed.
This trend has continued unabated despite numerous jobs bills and policy interventions.”
“True liberty, by protecting the exertions of talents and industry, and securing to them their justly acquired fruits tends more powerfully than any other cause to augment the mass of national wealth.” –Alexander Hamilton
The percentage of Louisville students in NCLB failing schools varies notably by race.
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