Prefiled bills seek to end legislator pensions

In a recent press release, state representative David Floyd, R-Bardstown made it known that he has prefiled legislation for the 2013 General Assembly session that would end the practice of bestowing lucrative public pension benefits to Kentucky’s part-time legislators. That is certainly one way to attack the state’s egregious unfunded public pension liability. The proposed…

Kenton County Attorney’s lawsuit involving Tea Party ballot effort tossed ‘with prejudice’

It’s a win for citizens and taxpayers Over a year ago, sharp-eyed researchers from the Tea Party in Northern Kentucky raised serious questions about the continued need for the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC). This zoning and planning commission appears redundant in the one remaining county it now serves and there are even questions…

Clear battle lines in tax commission town hall

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission made a stop through Lexington last night to hear from concerned citizens about reforming thestate’staxing structure. You can learn more about who serves on the commission and how it is structured here but in a nutshell, the stated goals of the commission include fairness, competitiveness, simplicity and compliance, elasticity…

Courier-Journal takes a look at HB 299

The severity of Kentucky’s pending pension disaster is finally getting attention in Kentucky’s largest newspaper. This week, Courier-Journal columnist John David Dyche delved into the effects of The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2005 House Bill 299. From Dyche’s article: HB 299 reduced the number of years legislators had to serve before drawing a penalty-free pension prior…