Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

There's a showdown in Louisville between Mayor Greg Fischer and a Metro Councilman who wants to know how the mayor spent over $100,000 at the Kentucky Derby. The expenditure has been billed as economic development and promotion of the city. $72,000 was spent on Derby tickets. Nearly $30,000 was spent on rooms at the Omni Hotel and there was a $12,000 restaurant tab at the Mayan Cafe. Fischer refuses to disclose who he's been entertaining and now metro council is considering an ordinance that would require him to let the taxpayers know.  After all, it's their money. When there's a conflict over spending between an elected official and taxpayer, it's always better to err on the side of transparency and accountability, especially for the taxpayer.