Where Mitch McConnell earns his pay

Congress and the White House appear to have worked out a $15 billion auto bailout. From the Associated Press: “Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was concerned that Democrats were proposing a package that “fails to require the kind of serious reform that will ensure long-term viability for struggling automobile companies.”” “With their approach, “we…

An experiment worth trying?

While Kentucky school officials are talking about maybe losing 4% of their state funding, Kansas schools this month got a 25% haircut:It comes as quite a shock for a Kentuckian to see the Kansas education official say that they had been able to make it work. Could the same thing fly in Kentucky? We don’t…

Fees and Dues in Kentucky’s Schools

No Standards No Accounting Laws Violated Kentucky’s Constitution requires a system of free public schools, but that is probably a surprise to most parents. On December 9, 2008, the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA) reported to the legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee that most schools charge students widely varying amounts for dues,…

College Confusion

Two news articles running within days of each other provide more evidence of the massive amount of confusion the public is getting about the real education situation in Kentucky. Over near the East end of the state, the Daily Independent in Ashland complains that college enrollment in the state is moving in the “Wrong Direction.”…

Robbing Peter to bail out Paul

Congress seems determined to throw our money at Detroit without forcing the unions to renegotiate their outdated contracts. Sensing an opportunity, some are demanding that now is the time to bail out cities and states without requiring them to bring employee compensation in line with the private sector. Joe Conason in Slate.com offers this to…

Herald Leader’s chicken/egg problem

Found one very odd sentence in a Lexington Herald Leader editorial urging a cigarette tax increase this weekend: “Kentucky’s cheap cigarettes fuel an interstate black market.“ This is demonstrably false. There is a vigorous interstate black market in cigarettes. People buy cigarettes in low-tax states and take them to high-tax states for illegal resale at…