News release — Bevin’s first budget plan: ‘Stop digging’

 For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015       Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 Gov. Matt Bevin in his first budget address said it’s time to “stop digging” and showed that the administration is focused on returning the commonwealth to solid financial footing by offering a fiscally austere budget proposal that dedicates $1.1 billion toward shoring…

Thursday: Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters speaks on “Right-to-Work Mythbusters” in Northern Kentucky

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters will speak Thursday @ 7 pm on “Right-to-Work Mythbusters” to a joint meeting of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party at the Florence Holiday Inn, 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042. The public is welcome to attend. There is no charge. There will be a question-and-answer session following President Waters’ presentation.…

Ex-charter school teacher’s gripes: Are they really about the students or just sour grapes?

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 24-30). Since its beginning more than 12 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure that each child receives…

On KET tonight: Prevailing-wage mandates on public projects

  One week to the day after Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters’ Bluegrass Beacon column on the need to eliminate prevailing wage on school-construction projects was released to newspapers statewide, the Kentucky Senate voted 26-11 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school and university construction projects. While Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has declared Senate Bill 9 dead…

Another BIPPS policy advances: Senate committee votes 10-1 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school construction projects

The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee today ensured that legislation lowering the cost of school-construction projects by repealing prevailing-wage requirements is the first bill to reach the Senate floor. “For school districts, it’s going to save up to 51 percent off labor costs on construction projects,” Sen. Will Schroder, who sponsored Senate Bill 9, told…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…