by Legate Damar
The Democrats in the General Assembly just tried to fleece the tax payers of Kentucky by introducing legislation that would negate the lawsuits against the libraries by recognizing them as special districts and making the law retroactive for 35 years. Fortunately, the Republican-controlled Senate took out the language put in by House Democrats that would have validated how libraries have raised their taxes since 1979, when the state established rules for special districts. As usual the Enquirer slavishly exhorted pro library supporters to convince Senate Republicans to leave the language in the bill (Legislation to end library lawsuits in jeopardy, 2014).
The Libraries Broke the Law
Kentucky Revised Statute 173.790 states that tax rates at library districts formed by petition could only change upon submission of a petition signed by 51 percent of voters in the last election. Tax rates at libraries in Campbell and Kenton counties, however, have been determined using the method established in 1979 under KRS 132.010, commonly referred to as House Bill 44.
The Libraries are arguing that they have historically been identified as special taxing districts and under House Bill 44, funding for those districts is tied to tax rates based on the value of real estate or personal property. Under this method, a tax rate that would generate approximately the same revenue as the previous year, called the compensating rate, is identified. Special taxing districts have the option of taking up to a 4 percent increase above the compensating rate without being subject to a recall petition (NKY library lawsuit may lead to cuts throughout the state, 2013).
This argument doesn’t hold water, since not one word in House Bill 44 contains the word library. The libraries arbitrarily began increasing taxes based on the compensating rate in spite of having a clearly defined process for raising taxes that involves receiving consent from the tax payer via a petition. It’s worthy to note that they have been raising taxes through this method for 35 years and not one of our elected officials has questioned it.
by Legate Damar
I recently read the article published in the Enquirer titled, “Agenda 21: UN plot or conspiracy theory?,” and the article was a disappointment to say the least. The article seemed more concerned about characterizing opponents of Agenda 21 as UN Conspiracy Theorists rather than having legitimate concerns about the implementation of regulations expensive to the tax payer and the consumer. Forget about the U.N., there very practical reasons to oppose Agenda 21. As usual the Enquirer has published another biased article designed to ridicule the NKY Tea Party and anyone opposed to Agenda 21 (The Enquirer is Biased Against the NKY Tea Party, 2013).
Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory
In order to better understand Agenda 21, we need to understand the seminal reasons for it. The heart and soul of all policies regarding Agenda 21 is Anthropogenic (man-made) Global Warming Theory. It postulates that a continuing rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate is man-made through our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion (e.g., oil, coal, etc.), cement production, and land use changes such as deforestation. This theory has been promoted as factually true in spite of mixed evidence to support it at best (No Proof Man Causes Global Warming, 2010). It is also being taught to our children as part of the Common Core education standards that were adopted by the State of Kentucky (Common Core debate stirs emotions in KY. Senate, 2014).
by James Berg
There is an item in the House budget that allows Library Boards to raise taxes by fiat. This cannot be allowed to happen because Library Boards are not responsible to anyone. They essentially appoint themselves. They can’t be given the same taxing power as an elected official. Here is the Enquirer story: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/kentucky%20government/2014/03/11/ky-legislation-could-save-library-taxes/6291849/
by Legate Damar
On Saturday March 3, 2012 the Kentucky GOP around the Commonwealth met to elect Precinct captains, co captains, etc. in preparation for the primary elections. During these events there have been many reports of libertarian leaning and tea partiers being ousted from the process (Kentucky GOP Imploding, 2012). The Campbell County Republican Party wouldn’t elect anyone with a red star on their card to any leadership position in the party. Those who signed the petition last year to put Libertarian state treasurer candidate Ken Moellman on the ballot received a red star, but some tea party members believe they were the intended target (Tea party feels shunned with red stars from Campbell GOP, 2012).
The Libertarian Makes the Ballot for the 2011 Kentucky State Treasurer Election
In 2011, Libertarian candidate Ken Moellman ran for the office of Kentucky State Treasurer with the platform of eliminating the office.
"I automated myself out of two jobs," Moellman said, using computer programs to replace human functions. As former chairman of Kentucky's Libertarian Party, he was trying to find candidates and realized he was qualified to run for treasurer and even more qualified to get rid of the post.
"This is an administrative job, and it's impractical," he said. "I'm up here saying, here's the unnecessary spending; the reality is that the average taxpayer would never know the difference." The unclaimed property division could be moved to the secretary of state's office, Moellman said (Three vie for Kentucky treasurer, an office one wants to eliminate Crosbie's coffers much fuller, 2011)."
He even won the endorsement of Take Back Kentucky at their October meeting due to his support of small government and fiscal responsibility (TBK endorses Ken Moellman for Treasurer, 2011).
by Legate Damar
Signs urging voters to “Retire Mitch” are springing up across the state, including in Northern Kentucky, providing the first concrete evidence of a national tea party group’s effort to take down U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. FreedomWorks for America – which announced last month that it was endorsing McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and would spend up to $500,000 toward that cause – paid for the signs. The group also is organizing others to begin canvassing neighborhoods for Bevin this week, said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ national political director.
“We have distributed over 5,000 signs around the Louisville and Lexington area, and another 5,000 Bevin signs will be distributed this week,” Walker said (Tea party launches campaign for Bevin, 2014).
FreedomWorks is a conservative Washington-based organization that is working to elect a new style of fiscally conservative Republicans to federal offices across the nation.
Bevin said he welcomes the group’s help. “Historically, they’ve been very energetic, they’ve been very engaged, they have always been effective on the ground,” he said Friday. “I am grateful and appreciative of any effort they give (Group hoping to defeat McConnell in May primary opens Kentucky offices, 2014).”
The signs are sprinkled and clustered across Northern Kentucky in Fort Mitchell, Independence, Florence and Boone County, among other locations. Signs on Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell had been removed by Tuesday morning, as had signs on Cayton Road in Florence, but others remained (Tea party launches campaign for Bevin, 2014).