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…

KEA underling reveals boss hangs out at the public-pension trough

Mary Ruble, assistant deputy executive director at the Kentucky Education Association, took  issue during Tuesday’s public pensions task force meeting with a recent Bluegrass Institute claim that the state teachers union is one of several private organizations with its hand in the commonwealth’s public pension cookie jar. Ruble says “it’s simply not true” that KEA employees participate in…

Enquiring Kentucky taxpayers’ minds want to know more, much more, about public pension payments

A letter by Ray Davis in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader effectively sums up the need for more transparency in Kentucky’s public pension system. Davis rightly refers to the lack of transparency in the Kentucky Retirement System as “the big, dark secret emanating from Frankfort.” “In Oregon, taxpayers forced their state to reveal pensions and found that…

Warning: Look out special taxing districts

Transparency is moving forward in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen announced earlier this year that his office would conduct a fact-finding mission to bring accountability to special taxing districts in Kentucky, which involve entities from water and sewer districts to libraries. At a recent Governors Local Issues Conference, Edelen restated his strong commitment to this…

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…