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Bipartisan talk of tax hikes has Frankfort abuzz

Considering Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s newly released big-spending budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, perhaps Hodgenville Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, who recently filed a resolution designating October as “National Pork Month in Kentucky,” should include a companion...
Posted On 06 Feb 2020

Was Jesus Christ a ‘Super Socialist?’

Jesus Christ, Super Socialist” is Ivonne Rovira’s recent missive on Forward Kentucky in which she equates socialism with true Christianity. “It’s time to re-claim the connection between loving our neighbor and how we treat the poor, the powerless, and the earth itself,” Rovira...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019

Lacking: Transparency and judicial good sense

A lack of transparency and judicial good sense provide this edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” Liberty Booster: Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon, who released an audit confirming a culture of secrecy continues to exist within the commonwealth’s two largest public-retirement...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019

Overcorrecting pension systems creates greater problems

The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees grabbed the wheel two years ago this month and abruptly overcorrected a pension system whose tires had dropped off a steep shoulder on the side of a road winding toward a very uncertain future for the commonwealth’s retirement...
Posted On 10 May 2019

New normal needed on Certificate of Need policy in Kentucky

A few years ago, I stood in the Capitol rotunda and urged policymakers to rid Kentucky of its Certificate of Need plague since the policy amounts to nothing more than a government “permission slip” for new health-care providers to create and compete. Now, after more than a decade...
Posted On 13 Dec 2018

It’s a fact: Welfare to work policies really work

First, the good news: Kentucky’s unemployment rate is among the lowest ever. Then, bad news: Kentucky’s unemployment rate is among the lowest ever. How can historically low unemployment rates be bad news? While more job opportunities than ever exist across the commonwealth with...
Posted On 23 Aug 2018

Eye bill’s focus: Keep online examiners out

As House members struggle to unite on serious issues involving public-pension reform and budget cuts, they’ve had no problem coming together with shutter-speed agreement to pass legislation protecting the powerful optometric industry from online innovators. One reason – and it’s...
Posted On 01 Mar 2018

KY House leaders double down on pension secrecy

Legislation during this year’s General Assembly requiring disclosure of public retirement benefits for all current and former lawmakers, “including their name, status, and projected or actual retirement benefit payments,” passed the Republican-run state Senate with unanimous,...
Posted On 26 Aug 2016

Bravo! for Bevin’s veto

Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision to veto legislation guaranteeing any Kentucky student a free ride to community college is one of his best for several reasons: · The commonwealth cannot afford such handouts. Even if it was a sound idea, how can Frankfort make a worthy case for...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Teachers and their pensions: Doing the math

Lots of retired teachers bared their angry fists at me following my recent column about the soon-to-retire public school administrator who will, if he fulfills life expectancy, collect pension checks for longer than he worked, enjoy annual cost-of-living increases that most...
Posted On 08 Apr 2016