Reduce Government Spending

Government spending is out of control. Kentuckians are faced with a government that indiscriminately wastes taxpayer money with little thought as to where that money comes from.

The only wealth government has is what it takes by force from productive citizens. Resources taken from the private sector for state use only serve to inhibit business owners from investing that money back into the marketplace. All government spending should be scrutinized and be completely transparent to Kentuckians.

Recent examples of irresponsible government spending in Kentucky cities include:

  • Spending $60,000 each day for special legislative sessions.

  • A $23 million Expo center in Corbin, built at the expense of Kentucky taxpayers.

  • $1.2 million spent in Lexington to maintain public golf courses that should be privatized.

  • Louisville received $458 million in “stimulus” funds from the federal government and used it to create only 1,152 jobs after 14 months. That works out to $397, 569.44 per job.

Comments

  1. Arthur Tobe, Sr. says:

    The Kentucky Department of Highways plans on spending $20.3 million on a two mile Old Henry Road Bypass from Bush Farm Road to KY 362 (Ash Ave.) in Oldham County. How can this be possible when we can’t repair or build a bridge?

    • Unfortunately politics prevails in many cases like this.

      Reducing spending and prioritizing funds are certainly not skills we see state government excel at.

  2. L. Morton says:

    What do you thing is a fair wage for highway construction workers? What is the amount of the current (prevailing) wage, and what portion of it do you think is “wasteful spending practices”?

  3. Logan Morford says:

    Wages for highway construction, or any other service for that matter, should be determined by the market – not the government. “Fair” is a very subjective term which is why the free-market approach to wage determination works. Prevailing wage rates are set regionally. I would suggest that the “wasteful” portion of those rates are anything mandated by the government that is above the value the market would otherwise place on the service.

    Here is a study with plenty of information regarding prevailing wage: http://www.freedomkentucky.org/images/d/d3/PPoint._Kentuck%27s_prevaiing-wage_policy_Plan_B.pdf

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  1. [...] These are badly needed improvements and it is great that these problems are being addressed. It does bear pointing out though that $26 million is a lot of money and as it is taxpayer money it should be spent carefully and transparently. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s prevailing wage laws will needlessly increase the cost to the taxpayer and further the state’s wasteful spending practices. [...]

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