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…