Yet another reason WFPL’s coverage of Hal Heiner and BIPPS/Bluegrass Institute has been beyond unacceptable.
From The Guardian:
State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax
Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers’ compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.
The strategy for the state-level organisations, which describe themselves as “free-market thinktanks”, includes proposals from six different states for cuts in public sector pensions, campaigns to reduce the wages of government workers and eliminate income taxes, school voucher schemes to counter public education, opposition to Medicaid, and a campaign against regional efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
The policy goals are contained in a set of funding proposals obtained by the Guardian. The proposals were co-ordinated by the State Policy Network, an alliance of groups that act as incubators of conservative strategy at state level.
The documents also cast light on the nexus of funding arrangements behind radical rightwing campaigns. The State Policy Network (SPN) has members in each of the 50 states and an annual warchest of $83m drawn from major corporate donors that include the energy tycoons the Koch brothers, the tobacco company Philip Morris, food giant Kraft and the multinational drugs company GlaxoSmithKline.
How dare us have concerns about that reporting. Shame on us.
Yes, we still expect better from a well-respected mainstream outlet. Because the Bluegrass Institute/BIPPS and the folks surrounding Hal Heiner on the educational front are at the center of the religio-right-wing movement. No amount of whispering nasty remarks about us from two people at WFPL will change that. No amount of Jim Waters complaining while sitting in a Bowling Green coffee shop will change that reality, either.