Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting: Pension investment expenses sky-high

Well, now here’s a real shocker about Kentucky’s pension-investment expenses: “Kentucky’s pension plan for public employees says that its annual investment expenses are running 75 percent higher than reported in previous years,” reports the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Included in the report is analysis by former KRS trustee Chris Tobe, who, as reporter James…

Bluegrass Beacon: Gubernatorial candidate spot-on about Head Start

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin want to use his spot-on statement about a huge, costly and ineffective government-run preschool program to paint him as being opposed to any and all early childhood education. Bevin pointed out on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” during this year’s primary campaign that Head Start – the nation’s largest taxpayer-funded…

On the air tonight: It’s another ‘Bluegrass Monday’ with Mandy Connell on 840 WHAS

Why government-owned broadband networks aren’t such a good idea — on tonight’s edition of Bluegrass Mondays @ 7:05 p.m. on Louisville’s NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM with popular talk-show host Mandy Connell. We’ll be joined @ 7:20 p.m. by David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance to talk about the poor track record that Government Owned Broadband…

Bluegrass Beacon — Conway gets it right: State board violates open-meetings law

Attorney General Jack Conway is right: the state Board of Education violated Kentucky’s open-meetings law when an ad hoc committee it hastily created in April conducted business in unannounced, closed-session conditions while hiring a search firm to aid in finding a replacement for outgoing commissioner Terry Holliday. State board chairman Roger Marcum indicated in a…

Media Alert: Bluegrass Institute wins appeal of open-meetings case

Attorney General: Subcommittee formed to find ed commissioner violated open-meetings law (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Attorney General Jack Conway’s office sided with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions in an opinion released today, agreeing that a subcommittee formed in April by the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to find a new education commissioner failed to comply…

JCPS busing policy a costly failure

In response to a question from the audience at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum evaluating the Jefferson County Public Schools’ busing policy over the last 40 years, Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters noted that classrooms in schools of choice across the nation often are more diverse than even traditional public-school classrooms in the same districts. “Parents believe…