USA Today Publishes BIPPS: Opposing Cigarette Tax Increases

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters was asked to provide the Opposing View for Thursday’s lead editorial in USA Today. He makes the case against raising cigarette taxes to reduce smoking rates. “Education, making smoking less culturally acceptable and appealing to citizens’ personal responsibility have been effective in reducing smoking, particularly among the young,” he writes.…

Is an ‘illegal’ charter school the secret of Taylor County superintendent’s success in reducing dropout rates?

Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook proudly announced to everyone’s surprise during a recent meeting of the Interim Joint Education Committee that he is operating an illegal charter school in his district. Will the politicians try to stop him – especially considering the fact that not a single student has dropped out of his district during…

Fudging figures is no way to solve Kentucky’s public-pension crisis

It’s no secret that Frankfort’s bureaucratic bean counters possess quite the penchant for manipulating economic data to make their preferred agency’s performance appear as rosy as possible. Within the sphere of Kentucky’s six retirement funds, this fact is all the more troubling. That’s because the best arithmetic acrobatics our number crunchers could pull off still…

‘Legalize School Choice’ drive: One politician should not keep public charter schools out of Kentucky

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Today the Bluegrass Institute kicks off a campaign designed to convince parents in some of Kentucky’s most failing districts that their children’s freedom to learn is being held up by one man in Frankfort – the House Education Committee chairman. “For several years now, solid legislation has been filed in Frankfort that would…