Bluegrass Beacon: Innovate to make KASPER more Kentucky-friendly

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. Like dial-up was once the pinnacle of telecommunications tools, the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system was previously the gold standard of drug reporting activity, resulting…

News Release: Bluegrass Institute supports accommodation over acrimony in Jefferson County Schools

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 30, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky) – The Bluegrass Institute expressed support today for a collaborative agreement approved by the Kentucky Board of Education this week and expected to create an improved and much-stronger education system in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Kentucky’s largest school district. The agreement also accepted this…

Bluegrass Institute News Release – Pension Shock: How did we get here?

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (cell) or jwaters@freedomkentucky.com (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — With the Kentucky Supreme Court agreeing to a fast-track appeal of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that Senate Bill 151 passed in the closing days of this year’s legislative session was unconstitutional, pension reform will again…

Bluegrass Beacon: Judge hides behind black robe of procedure in pension case

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. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that pension-reform legislation passed on the 57th day of this year’s 60-day General Assembly session is unconstitutional because it allegedly didn’t get…

Bluegrass Beacon: Why the political war dance against pension reform?

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. The animosity shown by certain groups within the public-education sector toward Gov. Bevin and the legislature’s Republicans regarding their efforts at reforming the commonwealth’s ailing public pension systems…

News Release – BIPPS to feds: Continue supporting Ky’s Medicaid waiver

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of the Section 1115 Medicaid waiver submitted by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration that strives to move able-bodied adults from welfare to work, thus removing them…

Bluegrass Beacon: Minor-league fare abounds at ‘Super Bowl of Kentucky politics’

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 hard to reconcile public radio’s assertion that this year’s Fancy Farm event in western Kentucky was “the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics” with the fact that some…

BIPPS analyst Richard Innes talks education on KET’s Kentucky Tonight … tonight!

Join Bluegrass Institute Staff Education Analyst Richard Innes on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 pm (EDT) … tonight! Innes joins host Renee Shaw and a panel of guests, including Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excllence, Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, and Steven Gordon, associate fellow at…

Bluegrass Beacon: Charter opponents don’t have New Orleans to kick around anymore

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. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, state education leaders in Louisiana decided to take over and rebuild the shattered New Orleans public school infrastructure using charter…