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…

MEDIA ALERT: News Conference on Thursday, Oct. 29, to oppose proposed resataurant tax increase in Shelbyville

The Bluegrass Institute will join with concerned taxpayers and business owners at a news conference at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, outside Shelbyville City Hall, 315 S. Washington St. This news conference will be held to express opposition to plans by the Shelbyville City Council to raise the city’s restaurant tax by a whopping…

From the Bluegrass Institute Scholars – It’s Tax Day 2015: Flat tax policy eliminates ‘expensive loopholes,’ lower rates for most

By D. Eric Schansberg, Ph.D. We pay taxes every day. But for many people, April 15 represents “Tax Day” – the day when our income tax forms are due. Many people file their 1040s sooner, particularly when they’re receiving refunds. They have allowed the government to keep too much of their money all year. So…

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…