Northern Kentucky

Join with other liberty minded individuals from across Northern Kentucky for a combined meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month. The combined meetings start at 7pm but arrive at 6:30pm to socialize and meet fellow patriots. The combined monthly meetings are held at the Holiday Inn located at 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042. The Holiday Inn Express is easily accessed off US-42 and I-75 at exit number 180.

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Feb
2013

Pension Reform Rally

The Northern KY Tea Party is sponsoring a Pension Reform Rally on Wednesday February 27th at the Capitol Rotunda which is in the KY State Capitol Building..700 Capitol Ave in Frankfort, KY. The Rally is from 2-3 pm.

The State of KY public pension system is over $30 billion in debt. Standard & Poors just rated our overall outlook as poor due to our unfunded pension system. We will address some of the reasons why our pension system is a mess...such as..why didn't our legislators make the required payment to KY retirement system, why are we still offering a defined benefit plan, and why are we still projecting a 7.5% return on investments. We will also discuss HB 299 which allows Legislators to super size their pension, why simply moving new hires into a hybrid cash-balance plan won't solve our pension problem, and where are we going to get the millions of dollars required to make our pension payment. We will address these issues and more.

We have lined up 3 terrific speakers for the event. Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute who's article Future Shock was inspirational on shedding the light on many of our pension problems, will speak...City of Covington Commissioner and Senior First VP at Wells Fargo, Steve Frank, who has stated publicly that the pension obligation required by cities has caused some layoffs will offer his view as will Phil Moffett, former Republican candidate for Governor and co-founder of School Choice Scholarships. With this trio we intend to point the problems and offer solutions to our pension problem.

Please join us and learn how you can help resolve our pension problem.

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Feb
2013

Senate Bill 57 (SB 57); Pension Transparency

Information is publicly available in the State of Kentucky regarding the salaries of all public employees. When they retire it is a different story (No pension transparency. Surprised?, 2012). Currently, information specific to individual Kentucky Retirement System members, including names and actual or projected payments, are confidential (Victor Alert: Pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort!, 2013). It’s difficult to understand how our public servant’s salaries are available to the public while they are working and when they retire their pensions are not accessible. Kentucky is behind many other states in regard to pension transparency according to Sunshine Review (Stacking up Kentucky’s public pension transparency, 2013).

Legislation filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, requires the state’s public pension systems to finally be available to the public. The proposed policy in SB 57 would require the public pension information to be transparent and eventually made available in an online, searchable database (Victor Alert: Pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort!, 2013).

Kentucky’s unfunded public pension liability is currently at $34.5 billion and is bankrupting our fair state. A transparent pension system would allow for accountability by exposing double- and triple-dipping legislators and members of the Kentucky Education Association and other private entities who are taking advantage of hard-earned taxpayer money (Victor Alert: Pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort!, 2013).

What can you do? Call the Legislator Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 and tell the operator, “Taxpayers deserve a transparent pension system and to vote in favor of SB 57.” Request they send it to all elected officials in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Your voice can make a difference today! Make a two minute call now.

1-800-372-7181

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Feb
2013

Agenda 21 Into Covington

What do three federal agencies HUD (Housing and Urban Development), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and DOT (Department of Transportation) have in common?  When linked together they form the basis for Agenda 21 where the government controls everything you do.  Their website shows this project for Covington.  Read the novel, Agenda 21, by Glen Beck.  Lexington, Louisville, eastern Kentucky you are on the map too!

Covington's Downtown Action Plan
Agency: HUD
Program: Sustainable Community Challenge Planning Grant
Mode: Planning Assistance
Project Description: Covington will create a Downtown Action Plan with the active involvement of citizens and stakeholders. Building on an Existing Conditions Analysis, the City will prepare a Planning Framework that identifies initiatives and actions the community should undertake to carry out an energetic improvement strategy.
Amount of Award: $359,300

6

Feb
2013

House Bill 1 2013; Special District Financial Reporting

Any special district receiving funds from public fees or taxes would have to report its finances to an online public registry maintained by the state under House Bill 1 introduced on Feb 5th 2013 in the Kentucky General Assembly. The bill would require all special districts to report finances to the Kentucky Department of Local Government and have their budget and administrative information posted to a registry accessible to the public online. Districts with an annual revenue of more than $500,000 would have to file an audit every year at a cost of $500. Districts that take in $100,000 to $500,000 annually would have to get audited every four years at a cost of $250. Those that receive under $100,000 each year would have procedures worked out with the state individually at a cost of $25. The fees would eventually fund the oversight of the special districts, which would be managed and regulated by the Kentucky Department of Local Government. Failure to comply would result in another audit, a public notice and a halt on state finances until the entity submits the required information. The Kentucky State Auditor’s special district study conducted last year prompted HB 1, introduced by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. (Lawmakers bear down on special districts, 2013).

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Feb
2013

Agenda 21 and the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC)

Have you ever heard of Agenda 21?  If not, don't feel bad, because most Americans haven't. A poll of 1,300 United States voters by the American Planning Association found that 9% supported Agenda 21, 6% opposed it, and 85% thought they didn't have enough information to form an opinion. Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. The concept sustainable development (SD) refers to a mode of human development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. Agenda 21 was a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The "21" in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences. The philosophy behind Agenda 21 is that our environmental problems (e.g., global warming, etc.) are the number one problem that we are facing, and that those problems are being caused by human activity.  Therefore, according to Agenda 21 human activity needs to be tightly monitored, regulated and controlled for the greater good.  Individual liberties and freedoms must be sacrificed for the good of the planet.  Those that promote the philosophy underlying Agenda 21 believe that human activity must be managed and free market economies are destructive and dangerous.

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