Why Are Our Car Insurance Rates Discriminatory?

Car insurance rates seem fairly simple: If you are a bad driver, or you drive in heavy traffic, you will probably pay more due to...

YOUR COMMENTS NEEDED: GLI Agenda

GLI recently unveiled their 2016 Legislative Agenda. We're going to have some future articles about the agenda, both what we support and what we oppose....

We Need More Unions — Here’s Why

Now that the Right has taken the governorship, one of the key battles in Frankfort is going to be unions -- or more specifically, killing off unions. With union membership declining across the country, regressives and their corporate partners see this as an opportune time to rid themselves of organized workers. In the face of this coming battle, here is my clear and strong response: We don't need less unions, and we don't need less union members. We need more and better unions -- and business people and millenials agree with me.

Our Minimum Wage Is Still Too Low

2,000. That's the number you need to remember. Why? Because it's the number of hours in a year's worth of work: 40 hours a week times 50 weeks. (Got to have some time off, amirite?) And why is that helpful? Because it's easy-peasy to multiply or divide. Let's try it -- Minimum wage of $7.75 an hour X 2000 hours == $15,500 a year, before taxes. Look at that number. If that leaves you speechless, good -- it should. Because it's an outrageous, immoral number.

Convention Center Solar — A Missed Opportunity?

It was one of those "good news / bad news" stories, as reported by James Bruggers over at the C-J: Good news: The downtown Convention...

Are We Ready for Climate Change?

Let us propose two realities to you: Climate change is real, it is here, and it’s going to get worse, perhaps much worse. Practically no one...

Fixing Payday Lending

For some, the idea of getting a loan for an unforeseen expense still brings up images of putting on a suit and meeting with a friendly local banker. For many others, the experience is somewhat less idyllic. Payday loan businesses have been around for years. Even so, many Americans have no idea about these establishments. Depending on where you live, you may have never come into contact with one. However, a quick search reveals 152 such businesses in Louisville, with most concentrated along a few roads. Are they a problem? Do they need fixing? Yes, and yes. Read on and you'll see why.

“Economic Freedom?” Professor, Your Bias Is Showing

The September 16, 2015 guest editorial in the Courier-Journal was titled, “Economic freedom report shows U.S. lagging.” The column was written by Professor Stephan Gohmann, the director of the new John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville. Knowing that the Schnatter Center also receives funding from the Koch family, I took the headline and the accompanying article with a healthy dose of skepticism. Read on to see why.

Explainer: Government Shutdown vs Government Default

As we stumble, seemingly inevitably, to a government shutdown at midnight Monday, there is already talk of a possible default later in October. Some...

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