Please help me understand this.
We keep taxes too high in Kentucky so we can pay a group of unaccountable bureaucrats to use some of that money to bribe other companies to come here from out of state. And The Lexington Herald Leader calls this job creation?
Looks to me like misallocation of resources.
If Frankfort can grasp that lower taxes attract business from higher tax states, why can’t we at least try lowering taxes for everyone and walking away from the “incentives” shell game? Doesn’t it make sense that spreading the benefits more widely would work better than letting the government select a few winners by overtaxing everyone else?
On the other hand, given the lack of demonstrated efficacy shown by this program, maybe they should pursue federal credits as a faith-based initiative.
Check out HB 229 yourself by clicking here.
Kentucky blogger Cyberhillbilly picked up on an effort to stop subsidizing purchases of soft drinks with food stamp money:
“Maybe it’s time Kentucky looked at banning the soda from being purchased via food stamps. The American Dental Association has already proposed a ban nationwide. Apparently such an effort would require a federal waiver, but we could at least seek such a course.”
One might think Gov. Steve Beshear and friends could take a break from counting the billions of dollars in new federal money they have coming in to get this done quickly.
Too Many Still Ignoring Them
“One of the first steps for anyone wanting to reduce the dropout rate in a community may be to convince others that a dropout problem exists.”
From: Reducing Dropout Rates – “Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle the Dropout Crisis”
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It’s nice to see that the Gates Foundation and others who supported this new report agree that a major problem exists with graduation rates in this country. The only question is why they took so long to see the obvious.
Of course, understanding the real dropout problem in Kentucky is made far harder because the official graduation and dropout rate reports paint far too rosy a picture. While our legislators seem happy to mostly just stand by, even after an official audit condemned the accuracy of our dropout rate reporting, the Kentucky Department of Education continues to crank out fictional graduation rates about 10 points higher than the likely reality.
The situation for minority dropout reporting is even worse. Aside from an overall, statewide average, there isn’t any decent reporting of disaggregated rates for minority graduation rates. The Bluegrass Institute had to use an approximation measure from Johns Hopkins University to do our “How Whites and Blacks Perform in Jefferson County Public Schools” report because not one school leader in this state is held separately accountable for biases in whom they do graduate.
Graduation rates are part of the CATS accountability system; but, no one in the legislature is talking about requiring this part of the assessment to become more accurate. After all, when all you see are inflated numbers, it’s easy to be fooled – if you want to be. Meanwhile, far too many kids don’t just get left behind – they get left out all together.
Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, fresh off his Fox News flogging for failure to put specifics to the promise that Spendulus 2009 will “create” jobs, is at again.
In an email he sent out this morning, he is still claiming the bailout of cities and states will create jobs. Team Obama has long-since figured out the way to avoid accountability for their claims is to state they will be “creating or saving jobs.”