Legislators must limit scope of emergency executive power

Gov. Andy Beshear’s response to the numerous legal losses he’s suffered regarding his coronavirus-related executive orders is to go court-shopping. After Court of Appeals Judge Glenn Acree refused to overturn rulings by circuit judges in Boone and Scott counties striking down the governor’s recent restrictions on crowds at automobile racetracks and agritourism businesses and class…

Unmask COVID-19 funding for states

Mainstream media publications are hammering fiscally conservative groups opposed to wasteful spending of tax dollars for accepting temporary financial help in the form of a publicly funded Paycheck Protection Program loan to counter COVID-19 shutdowns. But will those same entities keep their moral-outrage thermostats turned wide open when it comes to leftist politicians seeking to…

Media Alert: More than 38,000 taxpayers sign petition to recall huge JCPS tax hike

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Taxpayers took one step closer to stopping a large property tax increase sought by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) as thousands of citizens signed a petition built and promoted by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank…

News Release: Kentucky Pastors Coalition endorses ‘School Choice Now Act’

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – – The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (KPAC), a faith-driven alliance of Black pastors dedicated to being the voice for raising the quality of education in Kentucky, have endorsed the School Choice Now Act recently introduced in the United States Senate. The legislation would give families…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS CEO talks closings, school choice

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters appeared Tuesday morning on the Brian Thomas Show on Cincinnati’s 55KRC, where he discussed Gov. Andy Beshear’s recent executive orders regarding bars and schools. Listen to the interview here. Jim used the opportunity to push for giving parents more choices regarding where to educate their children and called on…

COVID-19 crisis: A terrible thing to waste

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged. Online participation among students in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky’s second-largest district, dropped from 85% to 58% between the first and eighth weeks, according…

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters comments on reopening Kentucky public schools

Regarding reopening during the COVID-19 environment, school districts face huge questions and will be forced to make incredibly complex decisions with less-than-fully-clear guidance based on limited data. A new 125-page report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine warns that “limited evidence about the relative effectiveness” of various mitigation strategies “makes it difficult…

Court affirms small program, fuels national movement

After the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Montana cannot keep parents from using tax-credit scholarships to enroll children in religious schools, anti-school-choice opponents responded in apocalyptic fashion. Justice Sonia Sotomayor branded the ruling “perverse” while teachers’-union darling Diane Ravitch lamented about how “the future of public education hangs in the balance.” All this over…

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…