Bluegrass Institute News Release: Transparency a winning issue in Tuesday’s history-making election

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Voters handing Kentucky Republicans an overwhelming — and historic — majority in the state House of Representatives during Tuesday’s presidential election clearly indicated support for a more open, transparent and accountable government. Perhaps nowhere was this clearer than in the 95th…

Bluegrass Beacon — Change the culture of secrecy: Pledge transparency

A recent S&P Global Ratings survey declares that the commonwealth where Lincoln was born now has the nation’s worst pension crisis, a distinction previously held by neighboring Illinois, known as the Land of Lincoln. The only ones who can ultimately apply the prescription needed to fix what S&P describes as a $31.2 billion shortfall will…

Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to support pension transparency

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters offered the following prepared testimony supporting making individual public retirees’ benefits transparent at a recent meeting of the Public Pension Oversight Board in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort: I would like to thank the members of the Public Pension Oversight Board for the invitation to participate in this meeting today.…

Bluegrass Beacon — Double election whammy: Right-to-work war, TPP tobacco carve-out

Two policies impacted by state ballot initiatives and the presidential election itself that could also directly affect Kentuckians involve tobacco and right-to-work. The Bluegrass State has plenty of one but none of the other. Kentucky stood still while several states, including neighboring Indiana and West Virginia, moved forward with right-to-work policies, which protect employees from…

News release: Dozens sign Bluegrass Institute’s transparency pledge

Pledge shows support for legislative pension-system transparency, gives citizens another accountability tool and opens the door to future reforms For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) —  Nearly 70 incumbents and candidates for state House and Senate seats vowed support for open, accessible and accountable government by signing…

Legislators, candidates invited to sign pension-transparency pledge

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376   (LEXINGTON, Ky.)  — The Bluegrass Institute recently mailed a copy of its newly created Legislative Pension Transparency Pledge to all incumbent lawmakers as well as to legislators and candidates campaigning for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly during this year’s election. The…