There is an issue quietly looming under the radar in Kentucky politics, and ironically, it happens to be so uniformly praised that it is difficult to discern that any controversy exists at all. However, at its core, it represents the single most destructive device that can be introduced to budding economies: more taxes.
The Local Option Sales Tax and What Kentuckians Can Learn from Henry Hazlitt
Thomas E. Travis, KJEANRL Executive Editor
With the coal industry contributing billions of dollars to Kentucky and employing nearly 12,000 people in the Commonwealth, it seems likely that the candidate who best presents herself or himself as the “champion of coal” will be the winner of this Senatorial race. Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ policies on Kentucky coal and her endorsement from the United Mine Workers of America indicate that she may very well be that champion.
Coal, Candidates, and the Commonwealth: Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Plans for Kentucky and Coal
Olivia Snider, KJEANRL Staff Member
Senator McConnell has fought to prevent the continued rim-racking of one of the Commonwealth’s vital industries. Most recently, he sponsored the Coal Country Protection Act which sought to limit restrictive regulations unless the Department of Labor certified that the regulations would not cost jobs. Prior to that Senator McConnell also supported the Saving Coal Jobs Act and the Coal Jobs Protection Act. All of these bills have been aimed at protecting Kentucky’s coal industry, which is the third largest in the country.
Kentucky’s Candidate: Senator McConnell’s Stand on Kentucky Agriculture and Coal
Joshua Bryant, KJEANRL Staff Member