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…

Bluegrass Beacon: When takers outnumber makers, you’d best take notice

By Jim Waters You’re either a maker or a taker. A free marketplace – which used to operate with much less government interference – allows makers to turn rocks into roads, crops into meals and ideas into patents. Without makers, takers don’t have a paycheck, pension or food stamp. With fewer takers, makers could keep…

News Release: Report: New K-PREP testing shows Louisville’s black students still falling through gaps

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report by the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free market think tank, reveals that the commonwealth’s largest school district continues to fail its black students. An update to the institute’s “Blacks Falling Through Gaps” report from the Summer of 2012 shows dramatic proficiency rate gaps between black and white students continue to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Fiscal cliff is not steep enough to sway true conservatives

By Jim Waters Former Lexington radio talk-show host Leland Conway once asked his listeners to send pork rinds to Washington after some liberals in Congress claimed the American people didn’t care about wasteful spending amendments. Listeners frustrated with contemptible Beltway politicians’ lack of respect for taxpayers responded by sending 1,500 bags to the office of New York…