Bluegrass Institute applauds ‘heroes of transparency’

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute released the bipartisan list of candidates for Kentucky House and Senate seats in the 2018 General Election who publicly and courageously expressed support prior to Election Day for making the commonwealth’s public pension benefits subject to the Open Records Act by signing the organization’s Pension Transparency Pledge. “Taxpayers have…

Bluegrass Beacon: Pledge calls for full pension transparency

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. A consistent charge leveled against reformers who want to adjust the benefit structure of the commonwealth’s Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is that we overstate the generosity of those…

Bluegrass Beacon: Dodging pension crisis won’t fix it

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. Opponents of reforming Kentucky’s public pension system and addressing its $60 billion worth of liabilities are attacking the process by which pension-reform legislation was passed during this year’s…

News Release: Bluegrass Institute prevails in open-meetings case involving Kentucky House of Representatives

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 5, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — A recent legal victory for the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government affirms that a closed-door meeting of the Kentucky House of Representatives last year to discuss public-pension reform violated the Open Meetings Act. House leaders attempted to avoid transparency requirements by characterizing the closed-door…

Kentucky House, Senate candidates asked to pledge support for pension transparency

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 28, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, is asking all candidates campaigning for General Assembly seats during this fall’s election to pledge support for bringing a greater level of transparency to Kentucky’s troubled public pension system. The Institute…

Bluegrass Beacon – Critically needed: New pension system for incoming teachers

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 frustration expressed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer following Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s decision to strike down a pension-reform law cobbled together originally as Senate Bill…

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…