Condensed list of health care reforms

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors has compiled a condensed timeline of scheduled health care reforms that make up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or “Obamacare”. Every citizen should take note of these changes to health care. This legislation will affect every American. Here are a couple that jumped out at me:…

Transparency: It’s about holding government accountable, not fishing expeditions to harass private businesses

We have written previously about House Bill 496, which would protect companies who do business with the government from being subject to Open Records rules. The bill filed by Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, is a response to an attorney in his district who apparently is using an earlier attorney general’s ruling to harass private companies. After…

Every Contractor a Potential Crony?

My friend Zubedah Nanfuka at the Sunlight Foundation highlights my colleague Logan Morford’s wake-up call about the risks of shutting off government contractors from Kentucky’s open records laws. Why do we require government agencies (and those who contract with the government) to avail themselves of requests for information from the public? A few reasons. It’s…

Prevailing wage = needless increase in cost: The bridge edition

Kentucky and Indiana are about to jointly embark on a $2.6 billion transportation infrastructure project to improve travel over the Ohio River to connect the two states. The project will result in two new bridges and improved interstate exchanges. These are badly needed improvements and it is great that these problems are being addressed. It…

Again, Kentucky watches from the sidelines

While Kentuckians have to listen to excuses about why our state won’t move forward with innovative education solutions, Louisiana’s governor is displaying leadership and taking measures to empower education professionals with the authority they need to make significant reforms in their school systems. From the Pelican Post: The existing law includes language that prohibits school…