Victory Alert: Pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort!

Public pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort Legislation filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, requires the state’s public pension systems to finally open their books. Currently, information specific to individual Kentucky Retirement System members, including names and actual or projected payments, are confidential. The proposed policy in SB 57 would require the public…

Calling fouls on sour sweetheart deals and secret Senate meetings

By Jim Waters Though there always are those fighting for – and against – liberty throughout Kentucky, these two candidates finish on top of the latest edition of the Bluegrass Beacon’s “Liberty Lovers and Losers.” Liberty Lover: Louisville entrepreneur Denis Frankenberger While downtown Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center is popular with sports fans who pile in…

Exit Interview with Billy Harper: Part One

The Bluegrass Institute recently sat down to talk about public education in Kentucky with Billy Harper, who is president of Harper Industries, a Paducah-based construction company. Harper has a long record of involvement in education in the Bluegrass State. He recently completed a four-year term on the Kentucky Board of Education, which develops policy and…

Edelen’s ‘ghost government’ efforts could create millions of new auditors

By Jim Waters American revolutionary James Otis gets credit for saying: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Whoever said it, those words ring just as true here today in Kentucky as they did in 18th century colonial Massachusetts. Thankfully, State Auditor Adam Edelen also is demonstrating his belief in this founding principle with his initiative to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Make no mistake – the feds are coming after Kentucky coal

Though Appalachian coal is paramount to America’s energy future, new federal regulations are liable to snuff out the bright economic sparks it provides. It’s a threat that some folks – even those with good intentions – just don’t get. For example, Cato senior fellow Jerry Taylor stated in a podcast that the unprecedented new mandates…