Former Kentucky Chief Justice comments on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) — President Donald J. Trump’s decision to nominate Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is receiving high marks from legal experts in the commonwealth. Former Kentucky Chief Justice Joseph…

Bluegrass Policy Brief — Charter Schools versus Magnet Schools: The differences are significant

By Richard G. Innes, Staff Education Analyst As lawmakers prepare to resume the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after already passing historic labor reforms, pension transparency requirements and pro-life bills this year, their attention now turns to education policy and a vigorous debate about making Kentucky the 44th state to allow charter schools.…

Bluegrass Beacon: Why such hostility toward a promising policy?

The Elizabethtown Independent School Board recently became the first local education oversight body in Kentucky to express collective hostility toward giving parents the option of a different type of public -school experience for their children. It passed a resolution claiming a charter-school policy “unilaterally takes critically needed funds from local school districts and redirects them…

News Release – Pension transparency: Elected officials who kept their word

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 13, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Less than a week into this year’s legislative session, Kentucky’s representatives delivered an enormous win for open and transparent government. Backed by the support of an overwhelming bipartisan coalition, the state House of Representatives voted 95-1 to pass the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Right-to-work means more jobs – in suits and boots

In a single day during the first week of the legislative session — not to speak of the entire week itself — Bowling Green Rep. Jim DeCesare’s Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee did more to bring meaningful growth to Kentucky than the former Democratically controlled House did in 95 years. While labor-union representatives filled…

News release: It’s a new day in My Old Kentucky Home

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 7, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Legislators today in a historic Saturday session replaced the “Closed for Business” signs that had kept opportunity out of the Bluegrass State with an unmistakable statement that the commonwealth is now “Open for Business” by passing legislation making Kentucky the…

Bluegrass Institute welcomes Director of Digital Marketing

For Immediate Release: Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @bipps or (859) 444-5630 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, is pleased to welcome Folu Elegbede as its new Director of Digital Marketing. Elegbede, a Lexington resident and Nigerian native, will oversee the expansion of the Bluegrass…

Bluegrass Beacon: Kentucky’s new GOP ready to drain the swamp

Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, whose Republican caucus will control the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, made it clear: Frankfort should focus on policies that bring economic growth and employment opportunities to the Big Blue State. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who presides over a body that’s passed pro-growth bills by…

Bluegrass Beacon: Provide multiple paths for charter-school creations

School-choice opponents in my Twitter domain are having 140-character conniption fits over President-elect Donald J. Trump’s stellar decision to choose Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos as the nation’s next education secretary. They claim their opposition is because DeVos doesn’t have “classroom teacher” on her resume. Yet what’s really at the heart of the pushback from DeVos’…