News release: Shelbyville restaurant owners call proposed tax ‘absurd’ and ‘unfair’

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (SHELBYVILLE, Ky.)  — Despite strong opposition by taxpayers and local business owners, the Shelbyville City Council plans to bring a proposed 3-percent restaurant tax back up tonight at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 S. Washington St. 40065. The politicians and bureaucrats…

Fiscal assault: Council, bureaucrats push 3-percent restaurant tax; refuse to say what projects will be funded by the revenue

Irish statesman John Philpot Curran gets credit for saying in 1790:“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” From that original, we get the more well-known version: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” We often think about that principle in terms of the constant attempts by federal and state…

Bluegrass Beacon: Executive-orders weapon a two-edged sword that cuts Kynect both ways

Gov. Steve Beshear in July 2012 issued an executive order creating Kynect, a state-run health insurance exchange heavily dependent on federal subsidies. Gov.-elect Matt Bevin in the 2015 gubernatorial campaign promised to undo – also by executive order – programs created by the misnamed Affordable Care Act, calling it “a disaster for Kentucky’s taxpayers.” Beshear…

Bluegrass Beacon — Right-to-work: ‘Morning again’ or the sky is falling?

Right-to-work policies allow workers at privately owned companies the freedom to forgo paying union dues if they don’t agree with how their hard-earned money is being spent. Giving Bluegrass State workers this leverage likely would result in more dues monies devoted to supporting local workers and less on extremist politicians a long way from Kentucky…

Homebuilder’s road-building proposal saves taxpayers billions, relieves congestion and drives economic development in NKy

In another example of how the best ideas don’t originate in the halls of government, Northern Kentucky homebuilder Henry Fischer has offered an alternative to transportation bureaucrats’ plans for I-75 in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  That alternative is the Cincy Eastern Bypass (see map here). The plan being pushed by the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky…

Bluegrass Beacon: Bethlehem’s star passed through Frankfort before settling over Louisville on Election Night

As part of his embarrassing Election-Night meltdown that’s garnering national attention, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, encouraged Democrats to find a Republican to thump over the head with a Bible the next morning. After admitting he didn’t know whether Jesus was a Democrat or Republican, Stumbo astutely observed “Mary did not ride an elephant into…

Thursday on WEKU: BIPP debates AFL-CIO on right-to-work

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will debate the merits of right-to-work policy with Kentucky State AFL-CIO president Bill Londrigan this coming Thursday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to Noon (Eastern) on WEKU-FM’s Eastern Standard with host John Hingsbergen. Listen online here to the program, which can be heard at 88.9 FM across central and southeastern…