Media Alert – Beshear should practice his own ‘better together’ mantra: Replace unilateral edicts with legislative collaboration

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 20,2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, urges the legislature to act in limiting the power of executive orders issued by governors in declared states of emergency. The mandatory mask order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday which…

Revisit history standards, lack of school choice

After decades of debate, Jefferson Davis’ statue has left the Capitol Rotunda, headed for the national historic site commemorating the slavery-supporting Confederate president’s birthplace. Davis claimed that “African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, social and a political blessing.” His life and views stand in stark contrast to the values…

Current environment provides opportunity to advance school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being published by newspapers statewide. The following column was originally released on June 11, 2020.   “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein said. Whether we see – and seize – the available opportunities during…

MEDIA ALERT:  Residents should sign petition, put JCPS tax hike on November ballot

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 10, 2020    (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, urges all Jefferson County residents to sign the petition recalling a proposed property tax increase approved recently by the county’s school board and to demand the district reduce wasteful spending…

Bluegrass Beacon: Some government distancing, anyone?

Some politically leftist groups and their enablers in Congress and the Kentucky legislature are seizing upon former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a serious crisis go to waste” offered during last decade’s Great Recession to push for costly policies that will outlast the coronavirus and hinder economic recovery across…

MEDIA ALERT: Legislative action needed to limit governor’s power, ‘depoliticize’ Kentucky’s public education system

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions in partnership with former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members reiterated its call today for a legislative resolution to Gov. Beshear’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order ousting previous members without cause or due process and the administration’s rejection of a…

Bluegrass Beacon: Quasi-pension bill good but Kentucky Senate could make it great

Legislation passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives intended to provide long-term relief from steep increases in pension payments faced by quasi-government agencies like regional universities, health departments and rape crisis centers represents small steps in the right direction. However, the Kentucky Senate, which now will consider House Bill 171 (HB 171), could turn this…