It’s not a billion

The Frankfort tax increase brigade is on the offensive this morning with an editorial repeating the silly claim that the state has a $1 billion revenue shortfall. This is nothing more than a marketing scheme for bigger government. If it were a real emergency, far more would be done to reduce wasteful spending. Indeed, the…

Quit whining and shrink government

Wondering what’s behind all the noise about the supposed $996 million budget shortfall in Kentucky? It’s really not that complicated. The General Assembly wants to spend $9.296 billion in the year beginning July 1. Economists estimate they will only have $8.3 billion. So Gov. Beshear says there is a $996 million shortfall. The revised budget…

Oregon Joining States with Honest Graduation Rate Reports

– Meanwhile, Kentucky’s reporting founders Oregon just announced improved high school graduation rate reporting next year. Once that starts, an Oregon Department of Education spokesperson admitted the state’s high school dropout rate will probably rise dramatically, but Oregon is clearly intent on joining other states like California that are getting honest about this important information.…

Disaster in the making

Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a special session of the General Assembly will convene June 15. Several Republican Senate members I spoke to this afternoon said no agreements about revenues, spending cuts, or hot-button issues like casino gambling have been reached. Cook up some popcorn for this one. Should be quite a show.