Bluegrass Beacon: Clear case for pension transparency takes bizarre turn

Unusual antics occurring on the campaign trail these days include a bizarre race to choose the next president of the Kentucky Education Association (KEA), the state’s teachers’ union. When’s the last time you heard a KEA candidate ask: “Why does KEA oppose transparency?” Randolph Wieck, a history teacher at Louisville’s DuPont Manual High School, did…

Bluegrass Beacon: Don’t put bureaucrats in charge of broadband

Supporters of a government-owned broadband network paint a very bleak picture of the broadband options available throughout Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently argued in an editorial that because broadband speeds across the entire commonwealth aren’t as fast as Delaware’s, taxpayers should support former Gov. Steve Beshear’s $350 million scheme known as KentuckyWired. While the editorial…

Bluegrass Institute report raises strong concerns about continued achievement gaps and graduation failures in Jefferson County

For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Legislators and educators made a promise more than a quarter-century ago when the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was passed: In return for vastly increased education spending, the Bluegrass State was going to do a much better job of educating its students – especially the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Send proposed public-private legislation down the road

Public-private partnerships usually prove harmless to taxpayers on projects like expanding student housing at the University of Kentucky. However, “P3s” have been disastrous on numerous highway schemes where accurate traffic projections and accompanying estimates of toll revenue needed to pay for the roads are much-more difficult to come by than calculating how many students will…

Bluegrass Beacon: Pension gain, budget pain

Charles Eliot, the longest-serving president in Harvard University’s illustrious history, once said “the capacity to inflict pain” is a university leader’s most important quality. Could it also be a chief executive’s greatest asset – especially if he’s elected to lead a commonwealth that’s “already become essentially insolvent?” That’s how Gov. Matt Bevin described Kentucky’s fiscal…

OKI’s claim that Cincy Eastern Bypass would cost twice that of a new bridge: Wholly unsubstantiated, defies common sense

Opponents of any viable alternative to forcing taxpayers to fork over at least $5 billion to fund a new bridge across the Ohio River connecting Northern Kentucky with Cincinnati that would not address the region’s serious – and growing – congestion issues have turned to fear mongering the current state of the Brent Spence Bridge and…