John Locke Foundation’s Terry Stoops asks the question: will President Barack Obama walk his talk on schools?
Obama’s campaign rhetoric stirred up hope for some Kentucky school choicers. It will be interesting to see where he goes on this one.
The Lexington Herald Leader is at it again:
“Short term, the outlook is grim. Beshear may call a special session and propose an increase in the cigarette tax to help bridge the anticipated $294 million shortfall this year. This makes sense, both to raise revenue and to discourage young people from taking up the deadly habit.”
“Kentucky’s Republicans could be good election winners and support an increase to help get us through these hard times. But that’s unlikely and Beshear may find himself alone in the governor’s mansion making those dreadful cuts.”
I can’t imagine why they continue to insist that a cigarette tax increase is going to both raise revenue and cut smoking. States who continue to raise cigarette taxes accomplish little more than funding black market terrorists.
Let’s get over this already.
The bellyaching about “dreadful” spending cuts is just another sloppy sample of bad attempts at rationalizing Kentucky’s bloated government. Again, if we repeal prevailing wage laws and stop doling out unaccountable corporate welfare schemes, we would be well on our way to running a government we can afford.
That would actually be nice for a change.
President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to quickly raise the federal minimum wage and to expand labor unions’ reach by eliminating secret ballot union elections.
These initiatives could combine to have a devastating impact on Louisville-based Yum! Brands, a 50,000 employee company that owns Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Consumers will probably have little patience for paying union wages for their junk food.
Assuming this happens, how long would it be before the fast food industry makes tracks to Washington D.C. to ask for a bailout of their own?
A pre-filed bill for the 2009 General Assembly would allow police to fine drivers up to $100 for using a cell phone while driving.
Seems like we have some real issues that need to be addressed in next year’s short session. I’m not sure we have time for stuff like this. Shouldn’t they instead be doing something to prevent the state from going bankrupt?
At the Bluegrass Institute we feel similarly about Kentucky’s recently announced $180 million subsidy to dead-carmaker-walking Ford. Out of necessity, that money will go into a black hole made wider and deeper by union abuses like those Kentucky needs desperately to get away from.
The Lexington Herald Leader’s editorial page today extolled the virtues of a state-run prescription drug service taxpayers are paying $1 million over the next two years. The same service is available online here, here, and here.
The program, of course, will grow like gangbusters:
“The state will put a trained person and the necessary technology in each county to help elderly and low-income Kentuckians navigate the complicated process of finding and applying for drug-industry programs that provide free or reduced-cost medications.”
In a sane world, this would be considered a fine example of government waste. It will surely be a “success” and deemed worthy of rapid expansion in future years. How are we ever going to fix Kentucky’s overspending problem until we stop creating programs out of nice ideas that already exist?