Kentucky Rep. Larry Clark’s Electronic Cigarette Tax!

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Is Kentucky Democratic Rep. Larry Clark trying to impersonate Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel when it comes to electronic cigarettes and taxes? That’s what it looks like to me. Kentucky Democratic Rep. Larry Clark’s proposed electronic cigarette tax: WFPL A Louisville … Continue reading →

Matt Bevin, Daniel Bork, Lexmark and Mexico

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin appoints former Lexmark International executive Daniel Bork as Commissioner of Revenue. Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting At Lexmark, Daniel Bork left behind an imbroglio that has forced the company to conduct a top-to-bottom overhaul of its … Continue reading →

Matt Bevin’s War Against Medicaid And Jobs

Kentucky Republicans have declared war against jobs. How do you eliminate 35,000 jobs? Ask Matt Bevin he has all of the details. Kentucky Governor elect Matt Bevin has promised to dismantle Medicaid expansion and thousands of jobs. Bloomberg View In … Continue reading →

Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

In this September’s Trains magazine{+}, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently awaiting reconciliation, and both include language setting up a group to study re-establishing intercity rail service on the Gulf Coast.

This also ties into three issues previously examined on the Sunday Train. The Orlando terminus offers the possibility of connecting rail services, which include the Carolina services, some of which extend through to Florida, and also the planned Rapid Rail All Aboard Florida hourly daytime passenger services between Orlando and Miami. And the western connection ties this into the previous Congress-mandated study of upgrades to the existing Sunset Limited, which proposed to replace the current route by extending the Texas Eagle through to Los Angeles, connecting to a New Orleans corridor service at San Antonio.

{+: Note that online access to Trains! magazine is mostly paywalled for subscribers to the print edition.}

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