Kentucky’s new governor, Andy Beshear – who won by less than 1% of the vote because Republican voters refused to support Bevin and sat out the race – says the state will impose a 14-day quarantine on anyone the state knows to have attended an in-person church service on the holiest day of the year for Christians. And he’s been known to station police outside the houses of people who have the coronavirus.
How will he know you went to church? The police are going to be photographing you and your license plate as you show up to worship.
All because 90 people out of a population of 4.5 million have died from the coronavirus. Thirteen times as many Kentuckians die from heroin overdoses every year.
I expect Kentucky to be one of the states worst impacted by the shutdown, and not because its economy is disproportionately affected. The state had a massive structural budget gap and nearly insolvent public pension system before all this, so all lost revenues go straight to programmatic spending. Many of the municipalities in the state are in even worse shape. It’s going to be interesting to see how Beshear handles it all after this period passes and he’s no longer a darling of the liberal media and actually has to manage the affairs of his state.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the coronavirus hype sets the state back billions of dollars in revenue, most of which is directed to the most vulnerable populations in the state. Elections have consequences, as they say.