Don’t raises taxes – let the free market work for school construction

The legislative budget subcommittee on education met Oct. 22 to address the state’s oldest and most dilapidated schools.

Now the Kentucky Department of Education wants to set a minimum tax rate of 10 cents on every $100 in assessed property value.

They think their problem is that the slot machines bill died. No, their problem is that they refuse to give up their protectionism of the commonwealth’s prevailing-wage policy.

Eliminating prevailing wage requirements on school facilities — rather than raising taxes — is the first option. All that does is throw all school construction opportunities open to full and open competition without state dictated wage-and-classification rules.