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March 29, 2012

RS12 HB 499 - KEY VOTE - Insurance Premium Tax Hike

HB 499 was originally a tax amnesty bill which we're pretty indifferent about.

The House Committee Substitute, however added a few tax and fee increases, including an elimination of the sunset on the waste tire fee, and a new provision setting insurance premium taxes based on bonus programs for firefighters and police in Kentucky called the Firefighters Foundation Program Fund and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund.

The Senate reinstated the sunset, but we're still concerned about the indexing of the insurance premium tax.

Originally, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund (KLEFPF) was created to encourage Kentucky peace officers to received certified training. It was and is funded through an assessment on property insurance, and the revenues from this assessment are split between the KLEFPF and a similar program for firefighters. Later, this training became mandatory, but the bonus remained.

Through the years, more and more peace officers have been added as eligible for the program, all under the suggestion that the fund runs a surplus. HB 499 HCS adds this language:

Section 24. Insurance Surcharge Rate: Pursuant to KRS 136.392, the insurance surcharge rate shall be calculated at a rate to provide sufficient funds in the 2012-2014 fiscal biennium for the Firefighters Foundation Program Fund and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund. The calculation of sufficient funds for those programs shall include any Restricted Funds carried forward from fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 as provided by the General Assembly.

Now, the premium tax will rise with the demand for this ever-expanding bonus program, and that is a tax hike, which means we will KEY VOTE the entire bill.

Lip Service to Kentucky's Debt Problem

SB 1 is a good bill and a KEY VOTE.

SB 1 places a ceiling on Kentucky's debt, limiting the amount to a proportion of the amount of revenue the state is taking in.

In SB 1, the ratio of debt to revenue would be limited to 6%, unless the governor declared that an emergency existed. While this is a high ratio and a large loophole, it is nevertheless a positive recognition that Kentucky's debt should be limited.

SB 1 passed the Senate by a vote of 34-2 with Senators Walter Blevins and Perry Clark opposing and Senators Gerald Neal and Terry Pendleton not present. No credit to them.

The problem is, after these 34 Senators paid lip service to a responsible limiting of budgeted debt to a maximum of 6% of revenue, 30 of them turned around and supported a budget with a debt ratio of 6.5%!

Instead of listing all 30, here are the two Senators who supported capping the debt and opposed the indebted budget:

Sen. John Schickel
Sen. Kathy Stein

Senators Julie Denton and Brandon Smith supported SB 1 but did not vote on the budget.

Kudos to Senators Schickel and Stein for supporting a cap on debt and opposing this indebted budget.

March 19, 2012

RS12 HB 202 - KEY VOTE - A Health Care Mandate Without Precedent

HB 202 is a ridiculous health care mandate without precedent.

It would seek higher reimbursement rates for chiropractors by tying chiropractor reimbursement rates to the workers comp schedule., Not only will this raise health care costs for all Kentuckians, no other reimbursement rate is set in such a ridiculous way. While some reimbursements are tied to Medicaid or Medicare, none are tied into the Worker's Compensation System.

Who came up with such a novel approach to create a windfall for chiropractors at the expense of Kentucky insurance ratepayers? We certainly don't know. But here's a coincidence: the chiropractors' main lobbyist is Donna Brown:

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Donna Brown just happens to be the wife of Mark Brown, the Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

If this bill is approved, Mr. Brown will be in charge of the agency setting these reimbursement rates in a way that is uniquely beneficial to Donna Brown's clients.

It's a sweet deal for chiropractors, but it's a rate hike for the ratepayers in Kentucky. Independent actuarial analysis of this bill estimates that this health care mandate could raise health care costs for insured Kentuckians by more than $43 million each year. That's almost $100 per insured individual.

Horrible idea driven by a frightening conflict of interest, right?

HB 202 has already passed the House 77-15. In the Senate, the bill's lobbyists have apparently succeeded at venue shopping.

First the bill was assigned to Senate A&R, conveniently chaired by chiropractor Bob Leeper. This conflict of interest proved too blatant, so the bill was reassigned to Senate Licensing and Occupations, chaired by Sen. John Schickel, a taxpayer champion. Mr. Schickel's committee was apparently inadequate, however, and the bill has now been reassigned to Banking and Insurance.

HB 202 is a health care mandate we don't need and a KEY VOTE.

Don't let this bill slip by because of special interest maneuvering. Call your legislator today at 1-800-372-7181 to oppose this mandate.

March 15, 2012

RS12 SB 10 - KEY VOTE - A Constitutional Amendment to Guarantee Legislative Oversight of Regulations

SB 10 proposes a Constitutional amendment to explicitly allow legislative approval and disapproval of newly issued regulations.

Currently, the legislature may review and disapprove of regulatory proposals, but any rejection does not stop the regulation. SB 10 will clarify and strengthen legislative authority, making the process more accountable, which is why it is a KEY VOTE.

RS12 SB 4 - KEY VOTE - Improving Regulatory Accountability

SB 4 will create better legislative oversight of the regulatory process and limit the ability of the state government from promulgating regulations stricter than those required by law.

Specifically, the bill:

  • Creates a one-year moratorium on any new regulations not expressly provided for by legislation.
  • Sunsets all regulations within two years, allowing the administration to reissue regulations deemed necessary and proper.
  • Requires an economic impact analysis of any new or reissued regulations.
  • States that regulations may not be broader than what is mandated by the federal government.

These are solid improvements designed to protect businesses and create better accountability in the process. This bill is a KEY VOTE.

March 13, 2012

Between Beshear and Obama, Kentucky Businesses Are in a Hard Place

HB 495 will place a new tax on Kentucky businesses.

If this new tax is not implemented, businesses face the imposition of an even higher tax. Because the state has borrowed hundreds of millions from the federal government to pay for unemployment benefits, the state must repay the debt with interest.

The state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, underfunded since 1999, was wrecked by the economic downturn and forced the state to borrow. The trouble was apparent in 2008. From a December 2008 article in the New York Times:

"It is something that we are concerned about," said Kim Brannock, a spokeswoman for the Office of Employment and Training in Kentucky, where the unemployment trust fund balance now sits at $133 million, compared with $250 million a year ago. The fund has not borrowed money from the federal government since the 1980s. "At this point we are solvent," she said, "but we are monitoring the situation."

One year later, that fund was negative. Governor Beshear created one of his numerous, useless task forces. At one meeting, the task force was told that the state was paying $1.2 billion in benefits while only taking in $700 million annually.

It is clear that Governor Beshear's task force did not address the situation.

Kentucky has few options. If the interest is not paid, federal law will impose a harsh penalty on Kentucky businesses, radically increasing unemployment insurance taxes to almost ten times their current levels.

Federal law also precludes Kentucky from changing its benefits in any way, imposing the same penalty for making reasonable changes so the state can afford its unemployment benefits. If President Obama wants an example of business unfriendly policies, here's a big one.

Kentucky's new tax in HB 495 is an unfortunate solution to a problem that should hae been addressed years ago.

Kentucky already has the third-worst unemployment insurance system in the country for business. According to the Tax Foundation, Kentucky ranks 47th out of the 50 states when it comes to the burden our unemployment insurance tax system places on Kentucky businesses.

One of the elements that actually improved Kentucky's ranking is the lack of a surcharge on Kentucky businesses to repay interest on the hundreds of millions the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Fund has borrowed from the federal government.

If HB 495 passes, Kentucky may move to the bottom of this list.

There are some positive elements of HB 495. The legislation caps an expected increase in unemployment taxes at $105 per employee. Unfortunately, this is still more than double current rates. It also locks these revenues into repayment of the debt, which means that taxes may be reduced earlier if the economy recovers more quickly than expected.

It is hardly consolation to know that the amount of bad is limited. Years of state inaction combine with harshly punitive federal law to punish Kentucky businesses severely for the bad economy.

March 12, 2012

Clarifying Redistricting, Maybe

Sen. Robert Stivers must be tired of people being upset with him about redistricting. He may be getting more calls.

We called his latest bill a "horrible idea" when we read the description of SB 18, his Constitutional Amendment to clarify the state legislative redistricting process:

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Friday that he supports Senate Bill 18, an amendment that would give the legislature permission to split medium-sized counties to balance the population of legislative districts.

Allowing the legislature to split counties that do not contain sufficient population to constitute an entire legislative district IS a horrible idea. We have seen the legislature's quick willingness to divide community populations along lines designed to protect incumbents, placing their political careers above any consideration of community.

The language of SB 18 is unclear, giving seemingly conflicting instructions on the division of counties. It seems to allow the legislature to divide counties at will before setting forth requirements that require the legislature to place a county's whole population in a single district, or the fewest number of whole districts before placing the remainder of the county's population in a separate district.

Here's the relevant language from the amendment:

The General Assembly may divide any county that in its judgment is reasonably necessary to divide to achieve the population equality required by subsection (2) of this section, provided that any divided county shall first be given as many whole districts as it has sufficient population to constitute and that the number of divisions in any divided county be kept to the minimum possible.

If a county's population is less than the population required for a district, then the minimum number of divisions possible is zero. The requirement to keep county populations whole could be stronger language to protect counties from division than currently exists.

We are withholding judgment on this amendment. We believe the current requirement NOT to divide counties is the preferred policy. If this language clarifies that policy, then this is a good amendment. If it allows the legislature to divide any county at will, than it is just the horrible allowance to gerrymander we were afraid of, and this amendment is a KEY VOTE.

March 8, 2012

House Passes Budget Quickly with Eight Percent Spending Increase

Yesterday, the Kentucky House passed a budget for FYs 2013-2014.

While most of the legislative discussion centers on cuts, the General Fund budget totals $19.5 million which represents an 8% increase over FY 2011-2012.

Even if you compare it only to FY 2012, it represents a 5% increase in spending.

The details of the budget are sparse, but it was revealed that the budget maintained a debt ratio of 6.7%, which is the highest in Kentucky's history and sure to worry the commonwealth's already concerned creditors.

There are no doubt other details that will disappoint taxpayers, but the weight of the debt alone is enough to sink this proposal. A cynic might propose that the legislature is deliberately financing the budget with record debt because they intend to approve the tax increases that will be proposed by the Governor's tax reform commission...

It is a KEY VOTE, and all the more reason to pass SB 1.

March 7, 2012

Governor Beshear's Tax Hike Commission Meets, Spends

About a month ago, Governor Beshear appointed members to his blue-ribbon commission on tax reform in Kentucky. Not only did he stack it with several liberal interest groups, the business interests he appointed were donation bundlers to his campaign, and he appointed zero economists (unless the George Soros-affiliated Kentucky Center for Economic Policy representative, Jason Bailey, is an economist. Oh, he's not.)

Not only is the commission membership set up to push for higher taxes, higher taxes is written into the mission of the commission:

The five goals for the Commission's work include:

Adequacy: The Commonwealth's tax structure should generate sufficient funds to support critical state services. The Commission is charged with reviewing the adequacy of revenues from the current tax structure and making recommendations for improvement.

Yesterday, the commission held its first meeting. First they heard from Greg Harkenrider, deputy executive director of the Governor's Office for Economic Analysis. Mr. Harkenrider could probably do the project by himself if someone would lend him their political capital to do so, and he pointed out that the state's tax code has been studied repeatedly, with little action, over the last 30 years.

Second, they decided to hire a consultant. There is no public information about the budget for this consultant. While it is clear that this panel does not have the expertise necessary to make a reasonable attempt at tax reform, we can save the commonwealth money.

The tax increases the consultant is likely to recommend are bad for Kentucky and will fail as a legislative package.

March 6, 2012

RS12 HB 458 - POSSIBLE KEY VOTE - Granting Health Care Monopolies Drive Up Costs

HB 458 would allow an innovation to the delivery of health care in the form of an "ambulatory surgical center". An ambulatory surgical center would be a health facility where physicians can provide outpatient (non-dental) surgical services. In theory, a group of physicians or surgeons could open a center and offer these health services, probably in competition with other providers, most likely hospitals.

As David Adams points out:

Surgery in a hospital is much more expensive than surgery in a doctor's office and Kentucky's House Health and Welfare Committee wants to keep you going to the hospital.

The committee voted this afternoon to require doctor's seeking to establish outpatient "ambulatory surgical centers" in their office's to apply to the state's archaic and inefficient Certificate of Need department so the state can prevent them from providing these services in competition with hospitals.

Competition is one way to help reduce prices in health care, and prices are the driver of high health care expenditures in the US. Unfortunately, this legislation subjects this new innovation to the state's "Certificate of Need", meaning that the state will only approve these innovative centers if they are not too much in competition with others offering the service.

Subjecting ambulatory surgical centers to state rationing will limit the impact of these centers, is anti-competitive and anti-growth, which is why this bill will likely be a KEY VOTE.

RS 12 HB 427 - PROBABLE KEY VOTE - Granting Scarce Taxdollars to Private Conservation Groups

HB 427 makes a dubious practice a waste.

Apparently, Kentucky has a "Kentucky Land Heritage Conservation Board", and this board administers a grant fund that is supported by tax revenues.

While such a fund is of dubious need to a state facing annual shortfalls of hundreds of millions of dollars, this bill would allow this funds to simply be given away to private conservation groups.

With a budget containing six percent cuts, it does not seem to be the wisest use of state resources to be granting tax dollars to the Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, or any "private nonprofit land conservation organization" that can raise funds on its own.

What is even more suspect is that it is sponsored by the corrupt Rep. Keith Hall. Last year Rep. Hall was reprimanded for appropriating state funds to himself:

Specifically, he worked to appropriate funds to a company that turned around and awarded Mr. Hall hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of no-bid contracts. As the Legislative Ethics Commission Recently found, he broke the law:

State Rep. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, broke the law by using his public office to benefit himself, the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission ruled Tuesday as part of a plea deal.

In a rare punishment of a legislator, the commission fined Hall $2,000 and notified House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, that it had publicly reprimanded Hall.

Specifically, Hall voted in 2005 to appropriate coal-severance taxes for a Pike County sewer project from which one of his companies was given more than $171,000 in no-bid contracts.

Does Mr. Hall have any involvement with a "private nonprofit land conservation organization"? Is this his newest path to riches?

Setting dubious priorities for tax revenues, and Mr. Hall's involvement are both reasons HB 427 will likely be a KEY VOTE.

March 5, 2012

Right to Work is Important. Here Are Some Who Stand in the Way.

Last week, Kentucky Club for Growth Chairman Warren Rogers detailed why Right to Work legislation is critical for Kentucky's economic development.

Right-to-work is long overdue in this state," he said. "We are squeezed between Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia - states that have lots of economic activity."

All new auto plants built in the United States during the last decades were built in right-to-work states, including Hyundai, which shunned Kentucky's offer of land and tax incentives and instead located in Montgomery, Alabama - a right-to-work state.

Conveniently, the AFL-CIO just released a list of several legislators who stand in the way of this critical legislation.

The Northern Kentucky AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has endorsed the following candidates:

Covington City Commission: Chuck Eilermann, Shawn Masters; Bellevue City Council: Carol Rich; Newport City Commission, Thomas Guidugli, John Hayden; Independence City Council: Donna Yeager; Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney: Michelle Snodgrass; Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk: Mary Ann Mader Jones.

The labor council has also recommended the kentucky AFL-CIO endorse in the Fourth Congressional District race Bill Adkins for the Democrats and Gary Moore for the Republicans. They also recommended the state AFL-CIO endorse for the state House of Representatives Wanda Crupper Hammons, Arnold Simpson, Dennis Keene and Tom McKee.

Reps. Arnold Simpson, Dennis Keene and Tom McKee also all score below 50% on our legislative scorecard.

Pseudoephedrine Bill Passes Senate; One Candidate Intends to Make It an Issue

On Friday, SB 3 passed the Kentucky Senate 25-11.

One candidate for Kentucky Senate is making an issue of his opponent's vote in favor of the bill:

Tea Party Republican state Senate candidate Don Butler criticized his incumbent opponent for voting in favor of the Sudafed bill today in Frankfort.

"David Givens is the only Republican Senator with a Republican opponent to vote to make innocent Kentuckians pay a doctor to buy allergy medicines," Don Butler of Metcalfe County said. "The people of the 9th district won't soon forget this and allergy season is just about to start."

"The people I've been talking to are already upset with Sen. Givens for voting to increase gasoline taxes at such a bad time," Butler said. "I may have to hand out Kleenex all over the district between now and May 22. Every time Republican voters sneeze this spring, they will know what to do."

Before the final vote, the legislation was amended in a positive and significant way to address concerns that the legislation would cumbersomely limit access to allergy medicines to all allergy and cold sufferers. Instead of limiting consumers to only 15 days of allergy medicine each month, it now allows the full month, for three months each year. It remains an inconvenient and expensive requirement to visit a doctor and obtain a prescription for chronic allergy sufferers who need a decongestant for more than 100 days in a year.

March 2, 2012

RS12 HB 215 - POSSIBLE KEY VOTE - Forcing City Regulatory Preferences on Entire State

HB 215 creates a massive new state bureaucracy to set up oversight of electricians in every county in the state. The sponsors apparently want to force every local government to create this regulatory bureaucracy regardless of whether the local citizens find it necessary, otherwise the state will regulate it for them. This reads to us like big Kentucky cities forcing their regulatory preferences on the rest of the state. Possible KEY VOTE.

RS12 HB 240 - KEY VOTE - Adding to the Public Pension System

While HB 240 would seem to be bill helping to eliminate government by eliminating the elected office of constable, constables are actually cost-effective for the taxpayer. The office is self-supporting by charging fees for the service they provide, namely serving papers.

On the other hand, were the office eliminated, this job would fall to the sheriff. Sheriffs do not currently have the manpower to execute these responsibilities and would have to expand their personnel. While the fees would still help fund the personnel, the employees of the sheriff fall under the County Employees Retirement System, an underfunded pension system backed by the taxpayer.

Eliminating constables actually means more cost to the taxpayer, which is why this bill is a KEY VOTE.

RS12 HB 326 - POSSIBLE KEY VOTE - Assuming Medical Diagnosis for Firefighters

HB 326 would create a legal assumption that, if a firefighter has cancer, the firefighter has cancer because he or she is a firefighter. Amendments offered would improve the legislation, but the law should not assume medical diagnosis. POSSIBLE KEY VOTE

RS12 HB 366 - POTENTIAL KEY VOTE - The Annual Nepotism Bill

HB 336 is a new edition of HB 415 from the Regular Session last year.

Both bills specify special circumstances where nepotism is OK in a school system. Back in 2011, nepotism would be OK in a school district if the person in question is the spouse of a Superintendent and has worked in school systems for 16 years.

This year, only 12 years of experience are required. This is a POTENTIAL KEY VOTE, because it does not seem that nepotism would create conflicts in a school system no matter the circumstances.

March 1, 2012

RS12 SB 3 - KEY VOTE - Still Requiring a Prescription for Allergy Medicine

This is the second year that several in the General Assembly have attempted to ban decongestants, and while they continually weaken their proposal, they are still going to require a prescription if you need to take Claritin-D for a month.

Specifically, SB 3 would allow "ephedrine-based, pseudoephedrine-based, or phenylpropanolamine-based legend drugs available without a prescription to 15 grams per year and 3.6 grams per month". That is a limit of 15 Allegra-D a month. If you somehow fail to plan for your allergies lasting longer than two weeks, you'll have to get an appointment with your doctor, your doctor will be responsible for evaluating whether you're cooking Meth, and eventually, you'll get allergy relief.

There may be a workable solution to this issue, like the alternative proposed earlier this year. But this bill remains a KEY VOTE in its current form as it infringes too much on the health of citizens in order to prevent criminals from engaging in criminal activity.

Chamber President David Adkisson Reveals Closely-Held Chamber Secret

Another tidbit from this morning's Lexington Forum meeting via the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions:

This morning state Chamber of Commerce President David Adkisson revealed something that we have not heard the Chamber discuss often - that Right-to-Work is a part of the policy platform of the Chamber!

He even personally describes its importance. It would be good for the state if he and the Chamber demonstrated the importance of Right-to-Work by actually making it a priority.

Kentucky is Ready for Right to Work Says KCFG Chairman

Today at the Lexington Forum, Kentucky Club for Growth Chairman and Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions Board Member Warren Rogers made the case that Kentucky needs a Right-to-Work law now, more than ever.

From the Bluegrass Institute:

News Release: Why right-to-work is right for Kentucky

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) - Kentucky's economic health could be greatly strengthened by implementing a right-to-work policy, Bluegrass Institute vice chairman Warren Rogers told a sold-out crowd at a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum today.

Right-to-work guarantees that no person can be compelled to join or pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Rogers, a Lexington businessman, predicted that a new right-to-work law in neighboring Indiana "will have a profound impact on Indiana, ... and a negative impact on the state of Kentucky unless we do something about it."

Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law on Feb. 1 that made the Indiana the 23rd state in the nation to implement a right-to-work policy.

Rogers noted that six days later, Caterpillar announced that it was relocating a plant - and 450 jobs to Indiana. On Feb. 17, the heavy equipment company announced a new manufacturing plant and its 1,400 jobs in Athens, Georgia - a state that provides right-to-work protection.

"Right-to-work is long overdue in this state," he said. "We are squeezed between Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia - states that have lots of economic activity."

All new auto plants built in the United States during the last decades were built in right-to-work states, including Hyundai, which shunned Kentucky's offer of land and tax incentives and instead located in Montgomery, Alabama - a right-to-work state.

Arguing against right-to-work was Lexington attorney Richard Dawahare, who disputed Rogers' claim that without a right-to-work law, workers are forced to join labor unions and financially contribute to unions' causes.

"Right to work is a false slogan," Dawahare said. "They are not forced to join a union but they are forced to pay a fair share" for representation.

But Rogers said "very few workers who disagree with their union's political contribution ever get their money back."

Thayer Casino Amendment Betrays Truth - Casinos Bad for Horse Industry

The failed Thayer-Beshear casino effort betrays a truth that we have written about extensively - that expanded gambling would be bad for the horse industry in Kentucky.

Here is the text of the failed amendment:

Notwithstanding any contrary provisions of Section 226 of the Constitution, the General Assembly shall by general law authorize the establishment and operation of casino gambling at no more than seven locations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Casino gambling not located at a horse racing track licensed by the Commonwealth shall not be located within sixty miles of a horse racing track licensed by the Commonwealth. The General Assembly shall provide for the strict regulation of any authorized casino gambling in the interest of the people, and the Commonwealth's revenue derived from any authorized casino gambling shall be expended for purposes including job creation, education, human services, health care, veterans programs, local governments, public safety, and the support of the horse industry.

This version of the casino amendment is an improvement over the previous offering that guaranteed five of Kentucky's tracks licenses to operate casinos. Now the amendment would allow any entity to own the licenses, with one important caveat that would substantially limit the potential success of any casino operator. Above, we highlighted the important sentence.

In this version, the tracks are only given a monopoly on gambling within a sixty mile radius of their location. Other entities may obtain a license, but they couldn't open a casino in any of Kentucky's largest cities that have a racetrack. Maybe this would be a bonanza for Elizabethtown and Hopkinsville.

This language reveals truth about the competition the tracks would face when other gambling options are available - fear that casinos will take customers away from the racetracks.

States that have allowed casinos have seen their racetracks suffer.In states that have used casinos to supplement racing purses, wagering on horses has declined nevertheless.

In Indiana, racetracks have griped about the fees charged to the casinos to support the horse racing industry, viewing the racing subsidy as a liability to the successful operation of their casinos.

And in Maryland, Laurel racetrack was shuttered to live racing as it lost out to casino competition.

There is strong evidence that casinos hasten the demise of horse racing, so it is no wonder that the racetracks would want a 60-mile casino-free buffer around them.

It is only remarkable that the racetracks would continue to push for casinos in the name of the horse industry when it is so clearly harmful competition.

03/29/12 : RS12 HB 499 - KEY VOTE - Insurance Premium Tax Hike

03/29/12 : Lip Service to Kentucky's Debt Problem

03/19/12 : RS12 HB 202 - KEY VOTE - A Health Care Mandate Without Precedent

03/15/12 : RS12 SB 10 - KEY VOTE - A Constitutional Amendment to Guarantee Legislative Oversight of Regulations

03/15/12 : RS12 SB 4 - KEY VOTE - Improving Regulatory Accountability

03/12/12 : Clarifying Redistricting, Maybe

03/08/12 : House Passes Budget Quickly with Eight Percent Spending Increase

House Passes Budget Quickly with Eight Percent Spending Increase
Yesterday, the Kentucky House passed a budget for FYs 2013-2014. While most of the legislative discussion centers on cuts, the General Fund budget totals $19.5 million which represents an 8% increase over FY 2011-2012. Even if you compare it only...

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