Do the right thing, Governor

Pensions & Investments reported Wednesday afternoon that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has requested again to use part of the federal “stimulus” money to pay down his state’s public employee benefits debt.Rather than use this one-time money to make government bigger — and thus, more unaffordable in the future — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear would…

Numbers and politics

State mandated union wages for school construction projects are costing Kentucky children just over $341 million based on current building needs, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition reported Thursday evening. That number is based on $3.1 billion in requests from the Kentucky Department of Education and a conservative estimate of 10.7% added to construction costs by the…

Stimulating photo ops

Tuesday night in Frankfort, the State Journal newspaper reports, state Rep. Derrick Graham and Franklin County Judge Executive Ted Collins appeared at a public library to discuss borrowed federal money coming their way. On April 13, state Sen. Julian Carroll and Congressman Ben Chandler will be in to discuss the same thing. Another interesting tidbit…

Some Comments on the Demise of CATS

Readers are probably surprised that I didn’t jump out right away this past weekend with some sort of gloating Blog item about the passage of Senate Bill 1 last Friday. This bill will significantly revise and improve Kentucky’s public school assessment program, something I have recommended doing for some time. Actually, I figured most of…

Tea time in Lexington

Leland Conway of 630 WLAP in Lexington’s pork rind protest fame is spearheading the Kentucky Tea Party on Saturday, March 21 at the Fayette County Courthouse. The Bluegrass Institute is proud to join him and supports the effort as a sponsor. What we hope to accomplish is to show our elected officials in Lexington, Frankfort,…

42% of Kentuckians from another planet

Amid all the mess in the 2009 General Assembly, from tax increases and the raid of the Health Fund to the failure of prevailing wage reform and government transparency bills (here and here), a recent Kentucky survey suggests widespread awareness of Frankfort’s shenanigans. Americans for Prosperity surveyed 600 Kentuckians and found 58 percent were dissatisfied…