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…

Might Frankfort lose big-government religion?

The threat of economic chaos can benefit politicians and policymakers by sharply focusing the mind on what really works. If rumors circulating in Frankfort are to be believed, Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration could be gaining an unexpected dose of focus. Supposedly, the administration is seriously considering working to lower healthcare costs by repealing Kentucky’s Certificate…

Casinos not such a sure bet anymore?

Critics of government growth through casino proliferation sometimes claim the surest way to end the debate once and for all is to allow casinos in every state and watch them bankrupt each other in a zero-sum battle. An article in Monday’s Wall Street Journal suggests this may already be happening:Pie-in-the-sky government funding schemes could have…