Can Kentucky Do Better?

Friday, October 25th, 2013
Maurice McTigue

Maurice McTigue
(Photo of courtesy George Mason University)

Maurice McTigue is an interesting man.

He served as a member of parliament and cabinet minister in his native New Zealand, and was his country’s ambassador to Canada. He helped craft pro-growth, market-driven policies to reform the nation’s government and economy, which became so successful that some call the results the “New Zealand miracle.”

Now McTigue shares his vast experience as a consultant to state governments and federal agencies, and as vice president of outreach at the Mercatus Center, a think tank at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

Despite reports from state officials who say our economy is growing and creating jobs, McTigue believes Kentucky needs to do better. In July, he told a state-wide Chamber of Commerce business summit that the Commonwealth should be more competitive with other states when it comes to job creation by becoming more business friendly.

This Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET, I’ll talk with McTigue on One to One. We’ll discuss why Kentucky’s economy isn’t doing better. (The show also airs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on KET2.)

I’m eager to hear your thoughts about McTigue’s assessment, and what you think Kentucky can do to better compete with our neighboring states. You can post your comments here, or share them with me on Facebook (billgoodmanKET) or on Twitter (@BillKET). I look forward to hearing from you.

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