Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS on 84WHAS today

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Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of communications, will be empowering Kentuckians to take back their freedoms today on The Mandy Connell Show on 84WHAS at 10 a.m. EDT)

Listen live here.

Waters usually appears on Connell’s show every other Monday, but will be on today’s edition because of the Labor Day holiday.

The Mandy Connell Show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to Noon (EDT).

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS on 84WHAS

Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of communications, will be empowering Kentuckians to take back their freedoms on The Mandy Connell Show on 84WHAS, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10 a.m.(EDT)

Listen live here.

Waters usually appears on Connell’s show every other Monday but will be on a day later due to the Labor Day holiday.

The Mandy Connell Show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to Noon (EDT).

Big Labor’s making us offers we can refuse

Kentucky may rank in the top half of the country overall when it comes to the impact labor unions have
on taxpayers, but it’s mired at the bottom when it comes to policies with the greatest impact on job
creation and economic liberty.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s “Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index,” Kentucky offers no
protection for paycheck protection or secret ballots, or from forced unionism – which a right-to-work
law would solve , card check or Project Labor Agreements. (Speaking of right-to-work laws, the Bowling
Green Daily News continues to promote this sound policy for Kentucky.)

The purpose of the index is to: (a) inform taxpayers concerning those areas where government union
lobbyists have maximum sway over policymakers, and (b) to empower citizens to challenge these
unions’ oversized political clout.

An interactive map is included so you can gather intelligence about government employee union activity
in your state.

–Jim Waters

Ruling on retiree health care costs in Cincinnati could ripple across the nation

Calling it a “major legal and financial victory for the city of Cincinnati’s troubled pension system,” Cincinnati.com is reporting that “a Hamilton County judge ruled today that City Hall has the right to alter retirees’ health coverage to require most to absorb a higher share of the cost.”

The ruling is likely to get a lot of attention because it wades into a hugely contentious issue about vested interests of local and state governmental retirees in health care plans.

Video: Richard Innes at digital learning press conference

Earlier this week we released an exciting report outlining the effectiveness of digital learning. The report also featured a series of recommendations for overcoming roadblocks preventing the expansion of digital learning in Kentucky.

You can download the report here.

Here is the report author Richard Innes at the press conference…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS talks digital learning on WKCT

Bluegrass Institute education analyst Richard Innes will be on Bowling Green’s 930 WKCT-AM’s “Drive Time” this afternoon to discuss his new report: “Digital Learning Now: Obstacles to Implementation in Kentucky.”

“Drive Time” airs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (central). Listen here.

Innes addresses recommendations made in his report to remove obstacles preventing Kentucky students from enrolling in digital learning programs.

“The path to an education must be made easier — not harder — especially for our at-risk students,” Innes said. “We’re losing over 10,000 students from each high school class.The future of these individuals and our state demands that we keep these students in school. Digital learning is a proven path away from dropping out and toward a diploma.”

The report was released earlier this week at a news conference at Conner High School in Boone County and has received significant media coverage.

It highlights the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL), which, while located in southcentral Kentucky, offers high school students statewide the opportunity to obtain a totally virtual, but regular, high school diploma.