AG rejects Finance argument that secrecy ensures integrity in State Journal open meetings appeal (with an assist from the Bluegrass Institute)

The State Journal  prevailed in an open meetings appeal to the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General in a decision issued on October 6, 2017 — 17-OMD-207 — and the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government played a role in its victory. Assistant Attorney General Matt James ruled that the Finance and Administration Cabinet’s refusal to…

Presidential searches and police internal investigations: what public agencies must do, may do and should do to promote public trust

Kentucky’s open records and open meetings laws are, fundamentally, public access laws. They exist to  ensure any person’s right to inspect and copy public records and to attend public meetings — regardless of the person’s identity or purpose — and to create a statutory mechanism for enforcing those rights. When the laws were enacted in…

Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team presentation in E’town tonight

Dr. William Smith, a Madisonville dermatologist who served on Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension-transition team, leads the Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team. Dr. Smith will present “Sound Solutions for Kentucky’s Pension Crisis” at tonight’s meeting of the Central Kentucky Tea Party.   This presentation is based on Dr. Smith’s recent appearance before the state’s Public Pension…

Pension wars arrive, but peace is possible

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. A serious assessment offered by an independent consulting group hired to audit Kentucky’s public-retirement funds represents an important step in addressing the commonwealth’s pension crisis. If you…

Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team presentation tonight in Northern Kentucky

Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team leader Dr. William Smith will present “Sound Solutions for Kentucky’s Pension Crisis” at tonight’s meeting of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party at 7 pm at the Holiday Inn at 7905 Freedom Way in Florence. While much of the discussion about pension policy has centered on legislative funding and investment returns, the Bluegrass Institute…

Rick Pitino, Bobby Knight and the meetings that sealed their fates

What, besides the obvious, do University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino and former Indiana University Coach Bobby Knight have in common? Both were the subjects of secret university trustees’ meetings concerning their continued employment at their respective universities. And in the case of each coach, the universities they served were — or are being —…

Bluegrass Beacon: Site-based concept failing schools, students

While no consequential research on Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils has been conducted since former University of Kentucky professor Jane Clark Lindle’s analysis 16 years ago, evidence abounds that this abnormal approach toward governing public schools is doing little to fulfill its mission, which is, according to state statute, “to improve student achievement.” Academic improvement…