Casey County Kentucky Politics: A Case Study in Governmental Waste and the Good ‘Ol Boys

My mother sent me the following news release via email, while I’m out here in Colorado. It’s probably one of the few things that could possibly get my dander up in such a relaxed and beautiful place.

It’s nice to know that a few people with personal agendas, who were hell-bent to cut the legs out from other good, existing programs are rewarded with the moneys they were seeking. And I truly appreciate MY tax dollars being used to do so. It makes me proud and happy.

Can you hear the irony dripping from my fingers as I type this?

Great job, Ernie! Bravo! (Now go away — unless you have a bit more damage to do before your term ends.) It’s nice to know that my pen (the one I sent Governor Fletcher) wasn’t used to veto this, that the extra postage was just more waste, more “good money” thrown after bad at the state government level. More money out of my pocket, and just as much to show for it as usual.

You know, until the full picture is investigated and programs are selected for the good they will do, above the “political agendas” they will serve and the egos they will salve, we will continue to be a state barrelling toward more and more debt — with an undereducated and apathetic populace too upset to even bother to vote — and those paying the bill not even old enough yet to vote.

Oh, wait, maybe that’s the goal? Ignorance is easier to lead, isn’t it? Those who are more well-informed, are more challenging. God forbid there should be any real reasonable challenge in politics on these levels, eh?

Read the press release below… it’s a nice way to verbally “dress up” a robbing of the people while making heroes of those holding the political “stick-up” gun. Don’t you think? God bless the “good-ol boy” system, eh? Where would we be without ’em?

Oh, and I just LOVE this quote from the press release:

“I look forward to seeing how the Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center will benefit Casey County’s economic development and tourism efforts,” said Representative Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon).

Yeah, me too Jimmy. I look forward to seeing how (ie, IF) this helps at all. (Read the official press release below…)

Casey County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:

Monday, May 08, 2006

Contact Information:

Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body
502-564-2611

Frankfort, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced Casey County will receive $125,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program.

The Casey County Fiscal Court requested funds to purchase and construct two open-sided buildings in the Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center, located on a 160-acre tract located in Liberty. Building 1 will be 33,000 square feet to be used as a preparation area for show animals. Building 2 will be 100,000 square feet to be used as an indoor arena. Lighting, bleachers and the appurtenances will be purchased.

“The Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center will be a big tourism and economic development boost to the region,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Casey County businesses will reap the benefits of this project.”

“When complete, the center will be a tourism attraction, offering livestock shows, farm equipment expositions, farmers’ market and vendor shows,” said Senator Vernie McGaha (R-Russell Springs). “I am pleased that the administration awarded this funding.”

“I look forward to seeing how the Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center will benefit Casey County’s economic development and tourism efforts,” said Representative Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon). “This center will support the local economy as well as the local farmers by offering them a place to sell their goods.”

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office. The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the commonwealth. The fund, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium.

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.

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