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…

Franklin Circuit Court judge instructs reporters on the importance of the open records law.

The sparsely attended hearing conducted in the Franklin Circuit Court on September 20 belied the importance of the issue before the court. Judge Thomas Wingate clearly understood the importance of the issue. What was that issue? Whether a public university can ignore the express language of a statute that authorizes the Kentucky Attorney General to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Legislators boost, judge busts liberty

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.   This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” is brought to you by reasonable Kentuckians who reject racism, bigotry and censorship with every fiber of their freedom-loving…

News release: Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government files complaint about House of Representatives’ secret pension meeting

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — An open-meetings complaint was filed today by the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government in response to a closed meeting held last week by the Kentucky House of Representatives to discuss the commonwealth’s pension crisis. The complaint notes the closed meeting “constituted a violation of KRS 61.810(1) which states that ‘[all] meetings…