In 2007, during the Ernie Fletcher administration, Rep. David Floyd filed a bill to let private-sector big government fans put their money where their mouths were.
It got no support from the big mouths in the House.
Today, Gov. Steve Beshear has announced by executive order a Kentucky Commission on Philanthropy. He said:
"We need partners now more than ever, and we must continue to find ways to be responsive to Kentucky families and move the state forward. The time is right to join forces in an unprecedented effort for the greater good of the commonwealth."
Beshear's plan is to raise money to expand programs for government-run education and health programs. One thing that might come as a result of this is that the philanthropists will want to know how every penny is being spent.
On the other hand, when Beshear's tax-me-more fund falls apart, the new programs will need another taxpayer bailout.