Pension spiking for part-time legislators

The Bluegrass Institute has been the leading advocate for reforming the pension system for Kentucky legislators. More than 80 lawmakers and candidates signed our Legislation Pension Transparency Pledge during the 2016 election promising to support making legislators’ pension benefits transparent to the public. Senate Bill 3 passed by an overwhelming majority in both the House…

Bluegrass Institute unveils innovative pension paradigm, new website for reforming Ky’s retirement systems

For Immediate Release: February 5, 2019 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions (BIPPS), the commonwealth’s first and only free-market think tank, today launched KentuckyPensionTruth.com, a website dedicated to publishing Kentucky public pension research along with serving as a clearinghouse for local and national news and commentary regarding government-run retirement systems. The…

School Choice Radio Blitz

As part of National School Choice Week, Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters appeared on WHAS’ Terry Meiners Show, WVLK’s Kruser and Krew, and 55KRC on the Brian Thomas Show. You can listen by clicking on the podcast links below. Jim Waters Talks with Kruser About School Choice Jim Waters Discusses School Choice with…

Wave 3 Guest Editorial

Yesterday, Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters visited WAVE 3 News for a guest editorial about the need for charter schools in Kentucky: Transcript: CREDO, a respected research group at Stanford University, has studied charter schools for a decade. The group’s reports consistently show that once students spend enough time in charter schools to…

News Release: Bluegrass Institute applauds Kentucky Senate for strong support of reforms to school councils

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, the commonwealth’s first and only free-market think tank, applauds the Kentucky Senate for today’s passage of legislation which will make long-overdue changes in the way public schools are governed. Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. John Shickel, R-Union, brings greater equity to school-based decision making (SBDM)…

Bluegrass Beacon: Avoid ‘fatal’ delay-of-game penalties for needed policies

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. It’s coincidental, of course, that legislative sessions in Kentucky begin immediately following the climax of the sports season for the commonwealth’s rabid fans, including the annual titanic-like struggle…

The Courier-Journal misses the mark on the true losers in the pension-reform debate

Yesterday, Louisville’s Courier-Journal newspaper printed a piece titled “Kentucky’s special session on pensions is over. Who are the winners and losers?” The article compared winners and losers after the KY State House voted to adjourn less than 24 hours after Governor Matt Bevin called a special session on pension reform. The article’s author, Thomas Novelly,…

Bevin’s former campaign communications director joins Bluegrass Institute team

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, welcomes Sarah Durand as its Government Affairs Director and Digital Marketing Strategist. Durand formerly served as communications director on the campaigns of Gov. Matt Bevin and Angela Leet. “Sarah’s talent, experience…

Bluegrass Institute calls for separate pension reform bills in response to high court’s ruling

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 13, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Today’s decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court upholding Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s earlier ruling that pension-reform legislation passed in the waning days of this year’s General Assembly was unconstitutional offers an opportunity to rethink how bills are filed, debated and voted on. The court…