What, no government Christmas?

Reports are coming in from all over the country about state and local governments cutting back on holiday celebration expenditures such as July 4th fireworks and Christmas lights. Beautiful! The shame of it is that it took so long. So many years of wasteful spending practices, debt build up, tax increases, and creative financing before…

Time to engage on real tax reform

As Frankfort’s attention turns next week to tax reform, Kentucky’s neighboring states continue to talk more about getting out of the business of taxing incomes.More about Ohio’s effort here. This would go a long way toward reducing government’s power by removing one major weapon for determining winners and losers. Taxing purchases of goods and services…

Which NAEP Achievement Level Is an Appropriate Target for No Child Left Behind?

A great deal has been written lately about whether the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement level score of “Basic” is a better target of comparison for state definitions of NCLB “Proficiency” than the NAEP’s own “Proficient” score. In fact, one of our anonymous readers has been asserting that “Basic” represents a better target…