Northern Kentucky

7

Dec
2012

Let The Feds Build The Bridge.

I am so proud of our Northern Kentucky legislators for seeing through the Chamber of Commerce's attempt to get them to pass enabling legislation to build a toll bridge.The people from the Chamber stated that there are other ways but did not present a viable option.

Now that this option has been shot down, perhaps they can spend the millions of dollars they collected for public relations where it can do some good. Take the money to Washington, talk to Representatives Boehner and Massie,  Senators Brown, Portman, McConnell and Paul. The money can come from the billions of dollars the Transportation Department has set aside to build railroads and land banks.(Is it even legal for this department to spend money to set aside land?)  Another option is to take the money from what we are sending overseas to buy friends by building bridges and mosques there.

They can also try to talk to the President about his inferred promiseto build the bridge when he came here twice for photo ops. 

3

Dec
2012

KY Special Districts Not Governed by a Code of Ethics

Each and every day of the year firefighters come to the rescue of those in need. The actions’ of firefighters is truly heroic when it is clear that they have decided to act entirely of their own volition in putting themselves at risk to protect the public or colleagues. These people are not just doing their job, they are the heroes who take each task to heart and each life saved is a victory for their team. When the World Trade Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, firefighters were among the first on the scene. As people were rushing down the stairs to escape, firefighters were rushing up those same stairs to help bring people out of the building. As they went up to put out the raging fires, many were caught in the buildings' collapse. Approximately 250 firefighters sacrificed their own lives to save others. Their actions will never be forgotten.

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27

Nov
2012

Dissolving Obsolete, Inefficient and Overreaching Special Taxing Districts

The petitioners, who sought a referendum for the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) in October 2012 filed an appeal in Kentucky Appeals Court to Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Bartlett’s September decision dismissing their lawsuit that sought to validate their petition (NKAPC opponents hope appeal will resurrect petition, 2012).   The lawsuit stems from a petition drive sponsored by the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) along with the Northern Kentucky Tea Party named “Axe the Tax.” which would have put the issue on the ballot to decide whether to repeal the tax that supports the (NKAPC) (Tea party takes aim at the area planning commission, 2011). The purpose of the petition drive was the NKAPC is costly and inefficient, did not adequately represent the residents of Kenton County due to its system of appointments to its governing bodies (The NKAPC is not Representative of the Citizens of Kenton County, 2012), is a special taxing district that has direct taxing authority over the residents of Kenton County, and that it is obsolete from the original intent of its creation in 1960 (NKAPC/Tea party fight dominates meeting, 2012).  Our locally elected officials accused the HBA of wanting to get rid of zoning and area planning altogether.  This is patently untrue.  The Tea Party and the HBA simply wanted to transfer the responsibilities of the NKAPC to the Kenton County Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission (KCPC) with the hope that the local governments could partner with them to create a more affordable and efficient model of area planning without the direct taxing authority (NKAPC/Tea party fight dominates meeting, 2012).

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25

Nov
2012

The Attitudes of our Government Officials regarding Transparency

On November 14th, 2012 Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen and his staff completed the year long “Ghost Government” study and database enumerating the number of special taxing districts in the state of Kentucky (Light shines on tax districts, 2012). The database launched Wednesday on the website www.auditor.ky.gov and contains a copy of the report titled “Ghost Government: A Report on Special Districts in Kentucky, November 14, 2012.” According to the report there are 1,268 special districts identified as of October 29th, 2012 in the state of Kentucky. In 117 of our 120 counties, taxpayers collectively pay more to these special districts than they do to their elected county governments. They hold well north of a billion dollars in cash reserves - twice that of the contingency funds of all 174 public school districts. It took Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) staff over six months to gather sufficient information to estimate how many special districts there are and where they operate, and even now, the APA cannot be sure that all districts have been identified. Kentucky ranks 11th nationally in the number of special districts per capita. At a rate of 29.2 special districts per 100,000 residents, Kentucky’s rate is more than double the national average of 12.0 special districts. An estimated $2.7 billion per fiscal year flows through them.

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19

Nov
2012

Senator McConnell and Cybersecurity

According to the Campaign for Liberty's website the Senate defeated the latest attempt to ram through Senator Lieberman's "Cybersecurity Act of 2012."Thanks to your quick action, we won an important victory despite finding out about Reid's plans fewer than 24 hours before the vote.After being defeated on this issue yet again, even Harry Reid was forced to admit, "Cybersecurity is dead for this Congress."

Enter Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell...

... who on Thursday actually said he hopes the bill will come up again in December!

Why in the world would he make such a statement? Well, apparently McConnell voted the right way this past Wednesday simply because Reid limited the amendments that could be offered to the bill. So how many others didn't shove this bill down our throats just because Harry Reid didn't allow an open amendment process?

The simple truth is, there are far too many members of the Senate eager to secure more government control over the Internet. We can't assume anything - or let down our guard for a moment. That's why I'm asking you to contact Mitch McConnell by phone at 202-224-2541 or 502-582-6304 and by email today with a simple message - "No Deals!" Growing government power is about the only bipartisan action we can expect from Congress nowadays. Have "leaders" in Washington really learned NOTHING from the election? Millions of Americans were sick of the status quo and simply stayed home.

Grassroots activists want leaders who will STAND UP for their right to privacy and for their freedoms online - not just because the process the bill comes up under is flawed, but because fighting for freedom is the right thing to do!

As Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (whose number once again is 202-224-2541 or 502-582-6304 needs to lead on principle.