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Jesse Hathaway

Kentucky’s Public Pension Crisis Illustrates the Need for Pension Reform

Jesse Hathaway, Kentucky state lawmakers continue to delay reforming the state’s public pension systems. If changes are not implemented soon, the state’s underfunded and overtaxed pension plan crisis will devastate Kentucky, necessitating more tax hikes and additional crippling government debt for many years to come. Kentucky’s eight government pension plans are operated by three major

Heartland Institute Expert Reacts to Ohio’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill

Jesse Hathaway, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) yesterday signed into law House Bill 347, which would require law enforcement agencies to seek a criminal conviction before a person’s property is forfeited over to the government.   Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) yesterday signed into law House Bill 347, which would require law enforcement agencies to seek

Republicans: Reject the Siren Call of the Imperial Presidency

Jesse Hathaway, The election of Manhattan business tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump sent shockwaves through the United States. Republican partisans, however surprised, slept soundly on November 8, knowing that beginning in 2017, they would control both houses of Congress and the White House. Conversely, Democratic partisans are now fearing the rollback of President

Unless Lawmakers Act Now, Pension Debt Hurricane Will Swamp Taxpayers

Jesse Hathaway, Unless lawmakers in local and state governments act now, the problem of underfunded public pension plans will come ashore in the foreseeable future, hitting taxpayers with tax hikes and crippling debt, a true financial hurricane caused by decades of elected officials’ poor planning. A new report published by Moody’s Investment Services in October