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 — Double election whammy: Right-to-work war, TPP tobacco carve-out

Two policies impacted by state ballot initiatives and the presidential election itself that could also directly affect Kentuckians involve tobacco and right-to-work. The Bluegrass State has plenty of one but none of the other. Kentucky stood still while several states, including neighboring Indiana and West Virginia, moved forward with right-to-work policies, which protect employees from…