Dec. 18, 2013 —
Coal severance money is political capital and it is cherished.
In fact, we doubt you could get the General Assembly to give up their half at gunpoint.
Minnesota also has a non-partisan planning group in charge of their economic comeback.
We tried that in Kentucky under former Gov. Brereton Jones with the Kentucky Appalachian Commission in the early 1990’s.
However, that group was politicized during the two terms of former Gov. Paul Patton and then junked by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
How many second chances do we have left?