Pseudo claims about Ky’s pseudoephedrine policy: Common-sense approach can’t effectively stop ‘smurfing’

My latest Bluegrass Beacon column heading out to newspapers Thursday will once again take on misleading claims offered by big-government politicians who want to require all law-abiding citizens to obtain a prescription in order to purchase products containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine (PSE). By restricting PSE, which is a necessary ingredient to make methamphetamine, proponents claim they can…

Is an ‘innovative and nimble’ plan possible without right to work, tax reform?

With a “new” approach to economic development, does this mean that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will be traveling to Frankfort soon to promote proven economic-strengthening policies, including right-to-work and the kind of tax reform that favors job creators? While those policies would favor Fischer’s goal to make River City’s economic plan “innovative and nimble,” some of them would not sit…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS pension report gets statewide attention

Join Jim Waters, vice president for communications, as he discusses the Bluegrass Institute’s latest report on Kentucky’s public pension crisis today (Tuesday, Jan. 10) on radio shows across the commonwealth. Read the report here. Waters will be on the Sue Wylie Show on News Talk 590 WVLK-AM in Lexington at 10 a.m. eastern (listen live here), followed by…

It’s common sense vs. big government tonight on KET

Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, will discuss his proposal to improve Kentucky’s system of tracking illegal purchases of pseudoedphedrine on KET’s Kentucky Tonight … tonight at 8 p.m. (eastern). Pseudoephedrine is a necessary ingredient for the manufacture of the dangerous and destructive methamphetamine drug. Yonts will be joined by Major Tony King of the Jefferson County…

Future Shock: Legislators stoking the coals on Kentucky’s runaway pension train

For Immediate Release: Contact: Jim Waters Thur., Jan. 5, 2012 270-782-2140 Future Shock: Legislators stoking the coals on Kentucky’s runaway pension train (right-click & save target as…) A failure to meet pension-payment requirements 11 of the last 15 years leads to a 3,000 percent increase in the Bluegrass State’s unfunded liability since 2000 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) –…