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…

Bluegrass Beacon: More government for all!

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. Progressives never count themselves satisfied with expanding government a single time in one lone area. Grotesque growth by government in one area like health insurance never stops do-gooders…

Bluegrass Beacon: Anti-right-to-work candidate’s confusing contradictions

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. I’ve been considering adding “witness a 50-percent turnout at Kentucky polls in a midterm election” to my bucket list. We may get close reaching that turnout number on…