January 26, 2013

Covington's First Female Mayor Ready to Tackle Growth

Even though struggling under the weight of the threat of of the growing contributions needed to fund the state retirement system, which accounts to almost 13 percent of the Covington, Ky budget, new Mayor Sherry Carran is ready to tackle the challenge of growth for the city.

As for the funding of the state retirement system, those benefiting from it, as in Wisconsin, should be required to increase their contributions so the productive citizens and businesses in the private sector don't have to bear the weight of it.

That's important because of the inflated benefits state workers get, who aren't near as productive as those in the private sector.

The new mayor, along with city commissioners and staff, said they're committed to working together to boost the business climate in Covington and to expand its tax base.

Offering support for the strengthening of the business climate in the state is a good idea, but the tired old idea of doing it for the purpose of growing the tax base in the city is one that needs to be retired.
What needs to be done is for taxes and outdated and stifling regulations to be removed so the market can do its some with as little as impediment as possible.

Until that is done, and taxes significantly reduced, we'll never see the type of prosperity that could emerge as the free market and entrepreneurs are allowed to do what they do best.

Unfortunately, Sherry Carran identifies herself as being an activist rather than a politician. While it's welcome to hear someone say they don't consider themselves a politician, it's potentially worse to hear them call themselves an activist. An activist in government usually is a buzzword for socialist, and/or big government thinking, where it takes the place of God in the lives of the people as the healer and protector. That's unacceptable, and needs to be resisted by the people.

I'm not saying Carran is that, but it's definitely suspicious, at minimum, to enter into office declaring oneself an activist.

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