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…

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…