CN2's Ryan Alessi asked Rep. John Tilley if this year's legislative session would be a success if the General Assembly passed several bills "cracking down" on drug abuse in Kentucky. Tilley said yes.
"I think so because considering the drug abuse problem, this scourge in Kentucky is the biggest problem we have period," Tilley said.
As someone who doesn't even like to take aspirin, much less anything hallucinogenic, I'm almost tempted to ask for a hit of whatever Tilley is smoking. If the legislature does manage to pass a budget, it is certain they will do so without addressing the state's growing health care, debt and pension problems.
In fact, they seem poised to make them all worse.
The legislature has no apparent concern that Kentucky Retirement Systems should run out of money in three to five years or that bad health care regulation policy on both the state and federal levels or mismanagement in our public education system combine to cause problems that totally dwarf the public effect of a few people's substance abuse issues.
And again, if you want to start really addressing irresponsible drug use in Kentucky, then drug test welfare recipients.