Over-regulation hurts mid to lower-income workers, says the Institute for Justice

This week our very own Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute, hosted “The Afternoon Show” on Lexington’s WLAP. During the broadcast, Waters had the opportunity to interview Dick Carpenter, co-author of the Institute for Justice’s recently released report entitled “License to Work” – a study that compares occupational licensing burdens across the states. Kentucky’s occupational…

Kentucky Energy Equation – New study shows how hard the EPA is hitting Kentucky

A study recently released from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) entitled “Economy Derailed” shows that Kentucky would be the ninth worst hit state in the nation if the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping new regulations are not defeated. The EPA’s newest unilateral mandates aim to cripple Kentucky coal by undermining state sovereignty of our energy sector.…

Care to guess what the retirement system’s debt is?

Below is a frightening quote from the upcoming release Future Shock: Kentucky’s Politicians’ Opulent Pensions Have Become A Modern-Day Gold Rush. According to the Legislative Research Commission, the state’s current debt from borrowing is $9.6 billion – an impressive amount, but no so much compared to the retirement systems’ debt, which is 34.5 billion. As…

Kentucky has 15th most burdensome occupational licensing laws in the nation

According to a new study released by the Institute for Justice called “License to Work,” the low to middle income professions Kentucky does regulate are some of the most burdened jobs in the country. Among the 50 states, Kentucky has the 15th most burdensome licensing laws. Although Kentucky’s occupational licensing requirements are unnecessarily stringent, the Bluegrass State…

Kentuckians’ standard of living in jeopardy

This is a quote from the upcoming report Future Shock: Kentucky Politicians’ Opulent Pensions Have Become a Modern-Day Gold Rush.  …the main message of this story resides in the subsurface — the attitude of the General Assembly…demonstrated by flat-out greed and disrespect for the public treasury, which now has put the standard of living of…