Steve ‘Ethics Reform’ Beshear has made it a point to talk up ethics at every opportunity. From the part where his administration won’t be like Ernie Fletcher’s to the long-forgotten promise to stop gubernatorial pardon abuse. It’s all sounded like ethics, ethics, ethics. And that’s just it. It merely sounded like his administration would be completely ethical.
Case in point: new Transportation Secretary Joe Prather took office in mid-December. Literally hours later paperwork was being pushed to install a (traffic) turn signal by his home. Despite cabinet reports that it was not necessary and despite canceling myriad other projects due to financial crisis.
The turn lights near the Elizabethtown home of the secretary, Joseph W. Prather, sped through the cabinet’s approval process, which got rolling on Dec. 12 — the first day Prather and Beshear were on the job, according to records obtained through the Kentucky Open Records Act. The directional arrows were up and shining by last week despite an internal review that said traffic data from the intersection didn’t show the need for turn signals.
Let’s hear it for wasteful pet projects.