Using Obama’s rhetoric against Beshear

The Wall Street Journal’s idea for saving $40 billion in the Obama bailout of states is Kentucky’s idea for saving the Commonwealth $130 million a year. It’s as simple as eliminating the requirement of prevailing (union) wages for public construction projects. In his Inaugural Address yesterday, as WSJ notes, Obama urged setting aside “worn-out dogmas”…

Prichard Finally Enters Blogosphere

Despite many invitations from the Bluegrass Institute to join with us in frank discussions about education issues, in the past the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence always declined. Now, Prichard has joining the Blogosphere. That at last gives the public and the Bluegrass Institute a welcome opportunity to respectfully discuss Prichard’s ideas in an open…

Mixing religion and taxes

Lexington Herald Leader columnist Larry Dale Keeling looks into the abyss of state government obligations and comes away with his faith in the status quo unshaken: “Democrats spread the gospel of raising new revenue as a means of avoiding a “scorched earth” destiny for various state agencies and services.” “Where this gospel is concerned, Republicans…

Turning pension mess to stimulus?

Don’t show this to Gov. Steve Beshear. Kentucky officials have messed around and messed around with the growing public employee fringe benefits disaster for decades, apparently hoping it would just go away. Of course, it hasn’t. The commonsense solution would involve properly funding growing obligations at the expense of other spending desires less critical to…

Guess who’s paying attention

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has decided that tax increases and more government spending is settled science.But others aren’t so sure.It really is amazing we are still having this conversation. I’m counting the days until our federal government uses our own money to prevent us from buying Chinese which would otherwise, I’m guessing, be…

Will we be asked to bail out WEG, too?

Previously unconfirmed rumors about strife between Lexington officials and state officials over the stalled progress on the 2010 World Equestrian Games has turned into off-the-record confirmation from trusted sources versus on-the-record denials from the usual suspects. On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear had a meeting of his Governor’s Advisory Commission set up to deal with the…

CATS Audit Mess # 2 – Not Minding the Store

The new “Performance Audit of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Oversight of State Assessment Contracts” is loaded with evidence of what State Representative Brad Montell calls an “unbelievably convoluted, mixed-up mess.” Among messiest findings of all, for those who know the history, are the audit’s listings of deficiencies in the department’s administration of the CATS…