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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

House GOP shows solidarity, challenges the status quo

How unfair it was for former Gov. Steve Beshear to claim he was leaving the commonwealth’s bank account in much-better shape than he was handed when, in reality, the incoming Gov. Matt Bevin administration found itself staring at a shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars....
Posted On 23 Mar 2016