Turning county government into Starbucks

Speaking to the House Local Government Committee Wednesday, Rep. Dennis Keene unwittingly summed up why the state legislature is running in the red. Making the case for a bill to allow local governments to set up satellite offices throughout counties for sheriffs, county clerks, and property valuation administrators, Keene stated that spreading the new offices…

No KERA for Georgia?

A group of school districts in Georgia are trying to follow Kentucky’s school-funding example by suing the state for more money. But Georgia’s governor and attorney general say that it is illegal to use taxpayer money to sue the state:In a time of governments and government agencies cannibalizing each other for decreasing pools of money,…

Fun with extrapolation

Call it a last-ditch effort for a cigarette tax increase in Kentucky. Christian Care Communities CEO Keith Knapp has a two-step plan to save the state Medicaid budget. First, he wants to raise the state excise tax on cigarettes. Then, he says we should apply the windfall from that tax exclusively to Medicaid in order…