What? Here we go again. A new report accuses the state pension system of very questionable practices that led to the purchase of a 1.9-acre property for $752,000 in 2006 from a local veterinarian that had paid only $450,000 for it just three months earlier. Huh? The property was sold this year to the Kentucky State Police for $325,000. Wow!
Gov. Beshear is “disappointed by today’s announcement” that Kentucky won’t receive a federal grant for a new lithium ion electric car battery factory in Hardin County.
One of the reasons there is so much disappointment when a single project like this falls through is that Kentucky’s economic-development policy doesn’t produce the stream of new jobs and revenue that would improve its fiscal strength.
While we didn’t land the battery factory, what companies could we land if, say, we lowered taxes and lifted stifling regulations on businesses?
Many out-of-state firms don’t want to fight with labor unions, so the fact that we don’t have a right-to-work policy also harms us. Beshear talked about the process for landing the battery factory being “extremely competitive,” but in this global marketplace, the process for all jobs is extremely competitive.
And being the only state in the southeast region of the country without a right-to-work policy makes us even less competitive.
I wonder if Beshear might be able to feel this pain as much as he can the loss of a single, politically sensitive enterprise.
The new Bluegrass Institute/Friedman survey on “Kentucky’s Opinion on K-12 Education and School Choice” is loaded with interesting questions and answers that show what you really are thinking out there.
Here is the breakdown of responses to one key question in the report. After all the spinning from Frankfort, most of you still don’t buy the idea that Kentucky’s schools are doing either good or excellent job. In fact, a clear majority of you have decided our schools do no more than a fair job.
Jefferson County Public Schools’ Superintendent Sheldon Berman responded to Tuesday’s decision by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn III denying a request by two families seeking an injunction against the school district’s unconstitutional student-assignment plan with this gem:
Apparently, it doesn’t bother Berman in the least kids in his own district are the losers here. He’s just breathing a sigh of relief that his district won the first battle in a court case designed to finally put a death knell in this disastrous school district’s continual attempts to circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2007 that its race-based student assignment plan unconstitutional.
It will be interesting to see whether this bureaucrat and his judicial cohort, who repeatedly rules in favor of this failing district, gets away with sending kindergartners across town, forcing some of them to attend failing schools.
A new survey conducted by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and released today by the Bluegrass Institute shows that support for school choice in Kentucky cuts across all socioeconomic and demographic groups.
• More than eight of 10 likely Kentucky voters would send their children to a private, charter or virtual school or educate their children at home if they could.
• Only 23 percent of respondents rated Kentucky public schools as “good” or “excellent.”
• Nearly 50 percent of respondents said they would choose private education.
• More than 10 percent said they would send their children to charter schools – if they were available.
• Approximately 9 percent of the state’s students attend private school despite the fact that 50 percent of K-12 parents indicate they would like to send their child to a private school.
The poll surveyed 1,200 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.