Recommendations for a taxpayer-friendly COVID-19 legislative finale offering promise for post-virus recovery

With the Kentucky General Assembly returning to its work today, the Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to make their sole constitutional obligation of passing a balanced budget their top priority. Now isn’t the time to raise taxes and increase spending. There will already be enough of that occurring at both the federal and state levels to…

Sarah Durand’s testimony on U of L bail out of Jewish Hospital

Yesterday, Government Affairs Director Sarah Durand testified before the KY State Senate Education Committee against bonding $35 million for the University of Louisville Hospital to buy out failing Jewish Hospital. Here is a transcript of Durand’s comments: The Bluegrass Institute understands that this deal was crafted with leadership long before the legislative session began. And,…

MEDIA ALERT: Judge rules governor’s executive order caused ‘concrete injury’ to ousted Board of Education members

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 27, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A federal judge agreed with former Kentucky Board of Education members ousted by Gov. Andy Beshear’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order abolishing their positions without cause or granting them due process “suffered a concrete injury.” In his ruling today regarding a case jointly filed in…

Frankfort buzzes with bipartisan talk of tax hikes

Considering Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s newly released big-spending budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, perhaps Hodgenville Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, who recently filed a resolution designating October as “National Pork Month in Kentucky,” should include a companion declaration recognizing 2021-2022 as “Milk Taxpayers Dry Years.” One of the “yes” votes for such a resolution might…