News Release: Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon receives Bluegrass Institute Liberty Award for right-to-work leadership

For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon was recently presented with a 2015 Bluegrass Institute Liberty Award for his leadership in bringing right-to-work to Kentucky. “While much of our attention has been focused on Frankfort and Washington, the success of the…

RSVP now! BIPPS board member, advisor to governor will comment on public-pension crisis at Thursday’s President’s Dinner

Make plans to join us for “Blazing a Path to Liberty,” the 2015 Bluegrass Institute President’s Dinner and Liberty Awards this Thurs., Dec. 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the beautiful and historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. Tom Dupree, Bluegrass Institute board member and advisor to incoming Gov. Matt Bevin on pension-reform…

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…