Hal Rogers helps himself

Since 2002, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers – Kentucky’s own “prince of pork” – has secured $7.1 million for improvements to College Street and other portions of Somerset, Ky. The main reason this is news is that Hal Rogers’ home is on College Street. The Washington Post today discusses the appearance of personal enrichment by many…

Professor emeritus: ‘There will be no turning back’ if UPike is added to state dole

Tom Schrodt, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky, offers some fact-driven analysis on why the University of Pikeville should not be added to the state’s higher-education system. Schrodt takes a look back at what happened when the University of Louisville was added to the state system in the 1960s and how supporters’ proposal…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS debates age-18 proposal on ‘Ky Tonight’

Tune in to Kentucky Educational Television on Monday night as Bluegrass Institute education analyst Richard Innes makes his statewide “Kentucky Tonight” debut live at 8 p.m. (eastern). Monday’s show features a debate about whether politicians should force the commonwealth’s high-schoolers to remain in school until age 18. Innes estimates that forcing an “age 18” policy…

Pension reform in other states, so why not Kentucky?

Economist Brian Strow stresses the need for state pension reform in the Bowling Green Daily News: A growing number of states have recently engaged in public pension reform, and rightfully so. Unfunded state pension liabilities have been an albatross around the necks of more than one state balance sheet. Illinois, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan,…