Protecting workers from union intimidation

President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to make unionization of private workplaces more widespread with federal legislation to eliminate secret ballots in worker elections to accept or reject union representation. Without secret ballots, union representatives could strong-arm workers into checking a card indicating their desire for a union. A national organization is taking the battle against…

Missing the boat on pension reform

An odd story in a national investments magazine perhaps sheds light on why so few people have expressed appropriate shock and horror at the huge mess Kentucky officials have made of our public employee fringe benefits system. Pension and Investments Magazine quotes (misquotes?) Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller understating the size of Kentucky’s…

What would your top priority be?

As the 2009 General Assembly starts up, the most commonly searched bill on KentuckyVotes.org for the new session is Rep. Bill Farmer’s tax reform bill. It is clear that state government’s most immediate needs involve cutting spending dramatically. Changing tax and regulation policies to better encourage growth are certain to get short shrift in the…

Beshear’s mysterious five day delay

Gov. Steve Beshear promised to run government differently, openly, more transparently, many times. He has promised to save taxpayers up to $180 million a year by being more efficient. Follow-through has been a problem. We’re still waiting for the missing efficiency study and the much-needed $180 million. And now we have learned from the Governor’s…

First disappointment of 2009

Gov. Steve Beshear and Finance and Adminstration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller made a big deal the last six months out of promising a government spending transparency web site to be made available today:Everyone in the world knows what day it is. And fiscally-minded Kentuckians still don’t know what the state government is doing with their…