Kentucky Energy Equation – 2006 report hints at the EPA’s current onslaught against Kentucky’s energy sector

The Bluegrass Institute’s very own creative director, Nick Oberg, recently uncovered a number of vintage academic reports from the dusty backrooms and storage areas at the Bluegrass Institute. One report, aptly titled “Environmental regulation of surface mining and land development in Kentucky: The role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” was jointly released by…

Planning for Kentucky’s Future

The 2004 publication “Planning for Kentucky’s Future” is now available on FreedomKentucky.org here. This publication asks: What the role of Kentucky’s government should be? What the vision for the state should be ? What are the essential services government must provide? How do we know our government is doing a good job? How much should…

Kentucky Energy Equations – EPA’s Boiler MACT regulations would destroy thousands of jobs

A new study reports that a specific set of sweeping new federal regulations could destroy nearly 3,000 industry jobs and result in nearly $14 millions in total capital costs to Kentucky alone. In their new report, entitled “Economy Derailed,” the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) attempts to put precise numbers on how the Environmental Protection…

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…