BIPPS op-ed: Pension transparency does not violate privacy laws

An op-ed by Bluegrass Institute board member Aaron Ammerman in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader takes issue with recent claims by members of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees that making the commonwealth’s public pension system transparent would violate state and federal privacy laws. “The statement that federal privacy laws prohibit the disclosure of this information…

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will speak @ Louisville Forum

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will speak on “Can Professional Soccer Score in Louisville?” during this Wednesday’s Louisville Forum at Noon at Vincenzo’s, 150 S. Fifth St. in the River City. Waters also will participate in a panel discussion on the issue along with Amanda Duffy, president of the Louisville City Football Club (a United…

Testimony offered to Senate Health and Welfare Committee opposing legislative approval of Kynect and Medicaid expansion

The following is an edited presentation of testimony offered by Bluegrass Institute CEO Jim Waters to the Kentucky Senate Health and Welfare Committee on April 11, 2016, in Frankfort. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I’m Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions at bipps.org. The Bluegrass Institute is a free-market think…

Bluegrass Beacon: Second chances for felons and taxpayers

Editor’s note: This column originally was released to newspapers before passage of House Bill 40, which creates a process giving some low-level criminals a one-time opportunity to apply to a court to have their records expunged following a five-year waiting period and paying a $500 fee after completing their sentences. The column has been updated…