News release: Right-to-work not anti-union but pro opportunity, Warren County attorney tells SPN attendees in San Antonio

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 1, 2017 (SAN ANTONIO) — Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken told attendees at the 25th anniversary celebration of the State Policy Network (SPN) on Thursday that bringing right-to-work first to her local community in 2014 and then to the entire commonwealth in January wasn’t about being against unions but rather…

News Release: ‘Reform SBDM, restore chain-of-command in schools,” BIPPS CEO urges committee

  For Immediate Release: Monday, August 28, 2017 (WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.) — Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters urged the Interim Joint Committee on Education to return balance to the process governing Kentucky’s public schools by reexamining the scope, authority and impact of School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils. The SBDM policy, implemented as part of…

Adding insult to injury: University of Louisville denies request for emails relating to erasure of former president’s computer

The plot thickens in the ongoing tale of University of Louisville abuses exposed in a forensic audit released in June. The disclosure that the University of Louisville erased former President James Ramsey’s computer – for the purported use of the acting president’s chief aide in an uncharacteristic money saving measure – was one of many…

Practicing what it preaches: House announces closed discussion of pension reform in spite of open meetings mandate

The Lexington-Herald Leader reports that  “all House [of Representative] members will meet Tuesday in closed session at the Capitol to discuss pension reform.” This is not an auspicious beginning to the legislature’s latest effort to address Kentucky’s pension crisis. The reasons are as clear as the law the General Assembly enacted more than forty years…

“What is the harm” when an agency conducts the public’s business privately?

Nearly five years after the Advocate-Messenger issued an open meetings challenge to the Danville Board of Commissioner’s actions in purchasing a building to house its public works department, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case on August 16, 2017. So much for “proceedings arising under [the judicial enforcement provision of the open…