HillaryCare without the pantsuit

Great new video from the CATO Institute explains that Sen. Barack Obama’s healthcare plan is more ambitious than HillaryCare in expanding the government’s role in personal health decisions. Here’s the money quote from Director of Health Policy Studies Michael Cannon: “He would create a new government program that would essentially double the size of the…

Lexington Rep. sounds alarm on jobless fund

Rep. Bill Farmer sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear last week urging swift action on the state’s fast-shrinking unemployment insurance fund. “Several months ago, I contacted Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller regarding this situation. At that time, I proposed the idea of merging our state’s unemployment tax returns with the withholding tax…

Getting the Problem Right, At Least

“State education finance systems were not designed with student learning in mind, nor have the superintendents and principals who manage educational resources been trained to make the strategic connection between resources and learning one would expect in a learning-oriented system. What’s more, because of the way these systems operate, elected officials, educational leaders, and the…

NCLB – More Accurate Grad Rates, Better Parent Information Coming

As expected Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced important new regulatory changes to No Child Left Behind during a South Carolina news conference today. Spellings stated the new rules tighten up widely criticized loopholes and inconsistencies in state reporting of high school graduation rates and also deal with inadequate notification to parents when their child is…