‘Air time’ and public pension funding

USA Today has a package of stories on public pensions. Specifically, the stories explain how the purchase of “air time,” a method of pension spiking, contributes to pension funding problems. In short, “air time” is credit for work not performed. Workers can pay for this extra service credit as a share of their current salary.…

Does Kentucky need another taxpayer-supported university?

Should the private University of Pikeville become a state-run institution? Not surprisingly, Paul Patton, the school’s president and former Kentucky governor, thinks so. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Patton believes “the move would benefit Eastern Kentucky by lowering the cost of attending Pikeville, making higher education accessible to more people. The annual cost to attend…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS opposes statewide smoking ban on KET’s ‘Kentucky Tonight’

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Should government force restaurant and bar owners to ban smoking in their privately owned establishments? Should the Legislature be allowed to trump local smoking policies? Should constitutional principles surrender to health advocates? These questions will be debated tonight on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight,” hosted by Bill Goodman at 8 p.m. (EDT)…

BIPPS on WKCT

Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, will be on “Drive Time” hosted by Chad Young on 930 WKCT-AM, Bowling Green’s news-talk station this afternoon from 5pm-6pm (CST). Waters will be discussing Kentucky’s failed attempt to obtain federal “Race to the Top” funds as well as the propose state-wide smoking ban. Listen live here!