Bluegrass Beacon – Free employers: Reduce regulatory cesspool

Only 15 states perform more poorly than Kentucky on CNBC’s annual ranking of business climates based on 10 categories, including workforce, infrastructure and education. It’s not a coincidence that the two states ranking highest overall among Kentucky’s neighbors – Virginia (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 16) – also rate much higher than the Bluegrass State…

Bluegrass Beacon: Politically inconvenient facts about Ky’s economic comeback

Gov. Steve Beshear’s recent victory lap touted an $82.5 million deposit of what he calls “surplus” funds into Kentucky’s “rainy day fund.” Beshear claims it’s a “sign of a healthy economy” and attacks his critics who “keep running their mouths about how bad things are,” reports WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold. However, I’m concerned that Kentuckians who…

The numbers: Ky earnings ‘barely back’ to where they were when Beshear took office

In search of a legacy, Gov. Steve Beshear has resorted to taking “victory laps” in attempts to convince skeptical Kentuckians that the commonwealth’s economy is roaring back. However, hard facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show employment and earnings in the commonwealth are “barely back” to where they were when Beshear took office in December 2007:  …

Right-to-work: Counties need not wait for a legal ‘resolution’

While 12 Kentucky counties have passed American’s first local right-to-work ordinances, only one – Hardin County, which passed legislation in January allowing employees to say “no” to paying union dues without losing their jobs – has been the subject of a lawsuit by labor unions. Some county magistrates who supported first readings of local right-to-work…

Bluegrass Beacon: Magazine’s award no reason to pop bubbly

Gov. Steve Beshear and Frankfort’s economic-development leaders celebrated a recent award by Site Selection magazine for being the state with the “most new projects per capita” last year. Any economic progress is commendable – especially considering Kentucky has myriad business-unfriendly policies. But is this award a reason to burst out the bubbly and – as…