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…

None dare call it bankruptcy

Forbes magazine has jumped on the public employee fringe benefits story that Kentucky’s media hasn’t quite grasped yet: “The common presumption is that public servants forgo high wages in exchange for safe jobs and benefits. The reality is they get all three. State and local government workers get paid an average of $25.30 an hour,…

Ohio Chasing Kentucky Ed Fads

I must admit I was shocked to read today’s Kentucky Enquirer opinion piece, “A bid to remake Ohio schools.” It’s loaded with “stuff” like, “An “evidence-based” approach to develop new teaching formats” “Interdisciplinary “project-based” learning” “Teaching to “foster creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving” “Real-life skills” Wow! It sounds so forward thinking –…

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You know by now Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is gone. One point in the bio of his successor, Gov. Pat Quinn, raises a possible reform in Kentucky worth discussing: “He led a successful effort to pass the “cutback amendment” — a change in the Illinois Constitution that cut the size of the House from 177…

A tipping point for dumb taxes?

As Kentucky’s grand idea to save state spending programs with higher tobacco taxes fizzles out, some might find satisfaction that state lawmakers elsewhere are catching hell for wacky ideas to keep themselves on the gravy train. A Georgia state senator says he will file a bill to charge a five dollar state cover charge for…