Bluegrass Institute statement on today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge David Hale prohibiting county right-to-work ordinances: 

The following statement was issued by Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters following U.S. District Court Judge David Hale’s ruling prohibiting county right-to-work ordinances: Judge Hale’s ruling that federal law prevents Kentucky counties from implementing their own right-to-work ordinances not only pushes aside the will of the people as expressed through their Legislature, it completely negates the…

Opponents of parental school choice defy logic, deny research

When faced with both research and logic supporting policies empowering parents to choose the school that best fits their child’s needs, opponents of such liberty “usually appeal to philosophical arguments about the value of education as a public good,” writes Western Kentucky University education professor and Bluegrass Institute Scholar Gary Houchens, Ph.D. “Society, the economy,…

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…