The Morning After: Now what?

The following is a statement from Bluegrass Institute interim president Jim Waters about Tuesday’s election:  Last night’s election returns were disappointing in many ways for Kentuckians who believe in the principles of freedom, limited government and self-reliance that made ours the greatest, freest and most prosperous nation in history. Those principles are greatly threatened by…

Bluegrass Beacon: Small business owner: ‘Obamacare’ bad for Kentucky

By Jim Waters When Dennis Budlove arrived at the Fern Terrace personal long-term care facility in Bowling Green nine months ago, he said “I felt like I came home.” But will Budlove, 50, who suffers both physical and psychological problems, still have a home in 2014? If Obamacare’s employer mandates remain unchanged, 4,000 residents in…

News Release: Institute provides trend data missing in state’s new ‘Unbridled Learning’ accountability system

FRANKFORT, Ky. — State education officials trying to downplay less-than-desirable initial test results from “Unbridled Learning,” Kentucky’s new public school accountability program, claim the scores – scheduled for release on Nov. 2 – cannot be compared to past results from the previous CATS and No Child Left Behind programs. However, this does not mean that…

News Release: BIPPS joins new coalition to advance wireless access for all Kentuckians

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free market think tank, has joined forces with Citizens for a Digital Future, a coalition of several prominent national and Kentucky organizations, to rid the commonwealth of obstacles that stand in the way of increasing availability of — and access to — broadband and digital technologies. “The potential for…

Bluegrass Beacon: A federal bailout for state pensions? Say it ain’t so!

By Jim Waters Could it be that one of the reasons Kentucky’s political leaders continue to kick the commonwealth’s can of unfunded pension-liabilities down the road is because they are counting on a bailout from the federal government?  Why not? If private companies like General Motors are too big to fail, then what’s to keep…

Bluegrass Institute will lead breakout session at this weekend’s Freedom-Liberty Conference in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bluegrass Institute will lead a breakout session this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the annual Freedom and Liberty Conference in Louisville. The conference, in its third year, will be held at the Ramada Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, begins with registration on Friday, Oct. 19. at 5 p.m., followed by a leadership training…