Lower the price of Kentucky’s legislature

Once again, we have a special legislative session. And once again, newspapers trot out that special session legislative days cost tens of thousands of dollars. So what? As I’ve noted before, regular legislative session days are close to 18 times more expensive than special session days. In that post, I offered to correct my calculation…

You just never know what an open-records request might reveal

(…It also might offer some clues about why the Williams/Farmer ticket got beat so soundly in the November election. It certainly isn’t because the incumbent had great ideas to move Kentucky forward.) This from today’s (Louisville) Courier-Journal (emphasis added): FRANKFORT, KY.— The Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture…

PODCAST: Jim Waters talks transparency, armed guards with Heartland

Jim Waters, President of The Bluegrass Institute, sat down for a conversation with the Heartland Institute about recent transparency troubles in the Kentucky General Assembly. Listen here. This is particularly timely as the Lexington Herald-Leader praised the General Assemblyfor how open its budget negotiations were during this session. Jim accurately describes why that is not…

General Assembly forms Pension Task Force

It is no secret that Kentucky’s public pension system is in crisis. Today, initial steps toward solving the crisis were taken. The Kentucky General Assembly passed a resolution to: Establish the Kentucky Public Pensions Task Force; provide that the purpose of the task force is to study issues regarding Kentucky’s state-administered pension funds and to…