Regulators steer moving vans and food trucks in the wrong direction

When it comes to barbershops, moving companies and food vendor trucks, Kentucky regulators have a curious penchant for shielding established businesses from fresh competition. A recent Institute for Justice study concludes the Bluegrass State has the fifteenth most burdensome licensing laws in America. Do Kentuckians really believe that – as IJ reports – it should…

Blessed be the caretakers; woe unto those who frivolously sue them

“Woe unto you, lawyers,” Jesus Christ himself once said. Fast forward 20 centuries and Christ could have had the personal-injury, ambulance-chasing kind of lawyer in mind. You’ve seen these law-benders’ brand of advertising: targeting doctors doing their best to alleviate patients’ pain through joint replacements or soliciting victims of diseases you’ve never heard of. It…

More jeers than cheers for pension-reform shenanigans

Cheers to Paducah Independent Sen. Bob Leeper for filing a bill limiting Kentucky General Assembly sessions to every other year instead of annually. Before voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing annual sessions in 2000, the legislature met only in even-numbered years for 60 day sessions. Unfortunately, Kentuckians were convinced by big-government types that allowing politicians…

Bluegrass Beacon: Failure at the heart of central planning

Steve Horwitz’s recent lecture at Western Kentucky University may have directly concerned failures of the Federal Reserve System, but the nationally known economist’s presentation also offered crucial reminders of how central planning in any sector is a failure. Proponents of a command-and-control society like to claim that it’s free-market policies that have been tried and…

Public pension rally in Frankfort

WHAT: Pension reform rally WHEN: Today at 2 p.m. WHERE: Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort WHO: Hosted by the Northern Kentucky Tea Party SPEAKERS:  Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters, WLAP talk-show host and Lexington financial advisor Tom Dupree, and Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank Public is invited

They’re going big

Earlier this year, I told you that one of our main themes in 2013 is transparency as a means to make government accountable to you – a sovereign Kentuckian and taxpayer. There are some serious policy issues brewing for Kentucky—the first is our ticking debt bomb, which could ruin the standard of living that most Kentuckians enjoy.…

News Alert: New Bluegrass Institute chairman expresses commitment to individual liberty, constitutional government

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Lexington native and banker Tim Yessin has been elected the new chairman of the board of directors of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. Born and raised in Lexington, Yessin graduated with honors in economics from the University of Kentucky. He has 18 years of banking experience and is currently…