Bluegrass Beacon: Virus of secrecy infects KentuckyWired program

Editor’s note: Since this column was originally released on Sept. 17, the commonwealth finally – finally – posted the KentuckyWired contract. However, the points made here about this big-government boondoggle remain very timely and relevant. If Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration wants taxpayers to trust it to build KentuckyWired – a $350 million, 3,000-mile high-speed Internet…

Search for new education commissioner will be costly

The contract for a search firm to help find a new commissioner of education for Kentucky has been approved by the legislature’s Government Contract Review Committee. This isn’t going to be cheap. In part driven by fears of repeating the disastrous commissioner search debacle of 2007, the new search contract will apparently include more records…

Broadband by bureaucrats: High costs of high-speed failure

While some in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government consider it fashionable to build and operate a broadband network at taxpayers’ expense, citizens who take a moment to look at the price tag of similar outfits in other places should at least do some more price shopping before heading to the register. They may also want…

Liberty’s boosters & busters, courtesy of the Kentucky Legislature

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, telecom reform passed both the House and Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” comes your way courtesy of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. A “Liberty Booster” is a policymaker who offers an…

2015 General Assembly: Governor’s Medicaid expansion ‘promised something that we cannot deliver’

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly gets underway Tuesday with the swearing-in of lawmakers and beginning the process of electing leaders. Gov. Steve Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the House chambers will be among the week’s highlights. While the session is a non-budget, 30-day session, state Sen.…