Bluegrass Beacon: Pension contract inviolable, not inflexible

Legislators campaigning to hold on to their seats may be jittery about dealing with controversial pension reform, but the problems plaguing the state’s retirement systems don’t hibernate just because there’s an election. Despite record amounts of funding in recent years, the ailing Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is saddled with $14.5 billion worth of liabilities, remains…

MEDIA ALERT: Ousted Kentucky Board of Education members partner with the Bluegrass Institute in lawsuit against Gov. Beshear

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 17, 2020 Contact: Dr. Gary Houchens (270) 799-9081 or Jim Waters (270) 320-4376 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Today members of the Kentucky Board of Education who were illegally removed from office by an executive order from Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new partnership with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a…

Marsy’s Law bill would ill-advisedly – and unnecessarily – amend Kentucky’s Constitution

Sen. Whitley Westerfield, R-Crofton, has again filed legislation to amend the Kentucky Constitution with a proposed amendment known as Marsy’s Law. Westerfield has added a provision to this year’s proposed legislation that’s a clear attempt to play upon the unpopular and ill-advised pardons issued by former Gov. Bevin before he left office in December, and…

Bluegrass Beacon: Will Beshear consider ‘common goals’ of non-teaching taxpayers?

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. The following column is an updated version of a recent column published by newspapers statewide. Governor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear held a poster contest as part…

Beshear should end pension spiking for legislators who join his team

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has selected longtime state Rep. Rocky Adkins as his senior adviser. Will Beshear follow the lead of outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin, who, according to administration officials, required legislators appointed to positions in his administration to forego using the salaries earned in their executive positions to spike their legislative pensions? Adkins finished second…

What you didn’t hear from Ky’s left-wing advocates about Kansas’ economic reforms

Expect Kentucky legislative leaders’ future attempts to lower income tax rates or rid Kentucky of this punitive approach to taxation altogether to be met with resuscitated arguments spouted by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP), a left-wing political advocacy group, blaming former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s reform agenda of reducing the Sunflower State’s income…

Bluegrass Beacon: Drama of disruptive protests exacerbates testing woes

Ample evidence provided by the latest test scores assessing Kentucky’s academic performance during the 2018-19 school year suggests too many of our students struggled academically and that the drama and disruption caused by teachers’ illegal strikes and school shutdowns exacerbated the problems. The percentage of students in both Kentucky’s middle and high schools who demonstrated…