Despite being roundly chastised by the education establishment for what amount to minuscule cuts in education spending, Gov. Ernie Fletcher is doing exactly what the people of Kentucky elected him to do.
During his campaign, Fletcher promised not to increase taxes, but he did say that he favored "modernization" of the state tax code.
Fletcher said in his central campaign document, "Restoring Hope," that "tax modernization must: 1) be revenue neutral; 2) grow revenue commensurate with the economy; 3) be business-friendly; 4) help low-income taxpayers; and 5) protect the taxpayers from stand-alone increases."
Much of the criticism directed toward Fletcher by the state's liberal establishment and by state legislators from Lexington, who are little more than flacks for the University of Kentucky, amounts to an affirmation of the tax-and-spend policies of the string of Democratic administrations that turned Kentucky into a model of high taxes and low incomes.