Unannounced meetings and locked doors: The latest assault on open government

The Bluegrass Institute’s commitment to open government is absolute. We were therefore dismayed to learn that the Kentucky Attorney General was recently compelled to instruct the Corbin Public Library Board on the fundamentals of the 43-year-old open meetings laws and to conclude that this public board’s conduct violated those laws. The board ran afoul of…

BIPPS’ pension testimony: It’s the benefit structure that’s the problem

The Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team offered its presentation “Sound Solutions for Kentucky’s Pension Crisis” at a recent meeting of the state’s Public Pension Oversight Board. Dr.  William Smith told board members that addressing Kentucky’s public-retirement crisis is key to understanding and confronting the structural imbalance of the benefits system.   Bluegrass Institute Board member Aaron…

News Release: Confronting pension crisis calls for reforming benefits structure

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 27, 2017   (FRANKFORT, Ky) – While most of the recent discussion regarding public-pension reform has focused on funding levels and investment returns, Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team (BIPRT) member Aaron Ammerman told the state’s Public Pension Oversight Board today that the retirement systems’ benefit structure is “the most significant…