Bluegrass Beacon: Tobacco-tax advocates suffer from policy schizophrenia

Paducah Sun executive editor Steve Wilson’s recent missive in favor of raising Kentucky’s cigarette tax by a Cuban cigar-sized 40 percent was in response to my recent column calling on policymakers to leave “any and all” tobacco-tax increases out of Frankfort’s tax-reform conversation altogether and instead focus on pro-growth opportunities. Wilson offers arguments filled with…

Bluegrass Beacon: Super-size restaurant taxes fund tourism’s shiny new toys

All taxpayers and restaurant owners of Shelbyville and Madisonville wanted this Christmas was to be left alone by pro-tax politicians and bureaucrats. Nearly 3,000 of them even went to the trouble of signing Kentucky’s biggest Christmas list – a petition opposing Shelbyville’s planned super-sized restaurant tax, which the state allows what previously were considered fourth…

News release: Shelbyville restaurant owners call proposed tax ‘absurd’ and ‘unfair’

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (SHELBYVILLE, Ky.)  — Despite strong opposition by taxpayers and local business owners, the Shelbyville City Council plans to bring a proposed 3-percent restaurant tax back up tonight at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 S. Washington St. 40065. The politicians and bureaucrats…

Fiscal assault: Council, bureaucrats push 3-percent restaurant tax; refuse to say what projects will be funded by the revenue

Irish statesman John Philpot Curran gets credit for saying in 1790:“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” From that original, we get the more well-known version: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” We often think about that principle in terms of the constant attempts by federal and state…

Bluegrass Beacon: Bethlehem’s star passed through Frankfort before settling over Louisville on Election Night

As part of his embarrassing Election-Night meltdown that’s garnering national attention, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, encouraged Democrats to find a Republican to thump over the head with a Bible the next morning. After admitting he didn’t know whether Jesus was a Democrat or Republican, Stumbo astutely observed “Mary did not ride an elephant into…