CATSflation

I thought the Kentucky Department of Education made all the big score-inflating changes to the CATS school assessment program last year. I was wrong. It was announced in today’s State Board of Education meeting that yet another score-inflating item had been added to the high schools in 2008. The department changed the way the On-Demand…

Kentucky’s next meltdown

Another problem Kentucky is not addressing is its underfunded unemployment insurance reserve. When the well runs dry, Gov. Steve Beshear can run to the federal government, again, but he will have to stand in line if the situation worsens much more. And I don’t think playing another “hide the pension underfunding” game will work on…

Franklin County kills tax increase

Gov. Steve Beshear won Franklin County in last year’s election 13,878 to 5,022 over former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. He did so campaigning against tax increases, a stance he has since changed. So it was significant last night when Franklin County’s School Board reversed course and unanimously voted to back down from a 4.7 cent property…

Beshear kicks internet tar baby

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was elected last year on the promise of what casino gambling revenues could buy for the state. His grand plan died in the legislature, though, when big spenders clashed with “save horse racing with casinos” interests and they could not reconcile their differences. Plan B for Beshear, it appears, is to…

“Where my botox crazy check?”

Funny that in the same week Sen. Joe Biden got unwanted attention for his “good make-up job” on national television, Congress moved decisively to make mental health services too expensive for the poor, vulnerable masses they keep speechifying about. That’s what they did when they added a mental health parity mandate for health insurance policies…