I am amazed by confused news articles popping up around Kentucky supporting retention of open-response questions in the state’s CATS school accountability tests. How can so many intelligent people be falling for this CATS bait-and-switch deal? Even if these questions do test higher order thinking, that knowledge isn’t being effectively transmitted back to schools. To learn why that happens, read on.
If you depend on the mainstream media for your news, you may be under the mistaken impression that all you have to do is not smoke or drink to avoid the long arm of the lawmakers today.
Not so fast.
That’s on top of the more than $30 billion underfunding we already can’t afford in the public employee fringe benefits plans.
Funny the Associated Press (in the Frankfort State Journal) didn’t think that rated more than passing mention as “shifting of other state money.”
The Bluegrass Institute has made no secret of its desire to see more government operations made available to the public via the internet. This has primarily involved advocating timely publication of government expenditures to a searchable database for everyone to see.
While we wait for that, another opportunity may be at hand.
House Bill 187 would allow county governments to spend less money buying newspaper advertising to announce proposed ordinances. Why not, however, save even more money by removing the newspaper publishing mandate completely and require instead posting to the internet?
The bill is expected to pass the House easily on Friday.
The House Economic Development Committee approved a bill Thursday to expand state government tax incentive programs for businesses.
House Bill 229, however, doesn’t address one simple question: “Do state economic development schemes really benefit the public or would lower taxes across the board be better?”
Seems that with the massive amount of resources devoted to “economic development” by the government, if there were real justification for the whole exercise they would surely let us know in detailed fashion.
This whole charade reminds me of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story and Kentuckians are going over the river and through the woods to get eaten by our grandmother.
The Kentucky Club for Growth today urged legislators not to back up on their promise to start digging us out of our more than $30 billion public pension hole and to vote against House Bill 117.
The Club’s Andy Hightower asks the only question left to ask:
Seems like only last June they were promising us they were going to get serious about the largest hole in our state’s finances.
In fact, it was only last June.