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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Tear down Ky’s occupational licensing walls

A White House report on oppressive occupational licensing requirements reads more like it came from a Rand Paul administration than the current President’s coal-hating crew. “There is evidence that licensing requirements raise the price of goods and services, restrict employment opportunities, and make it more difficult for workers to take their skills across state lines,”…

Bluegrass Beacon: Politically inconvenient facts about Ky’s economic comeback

Gov. Steve Beshear’s recent victory lap touted an $82.5 million deposit of what he calls “surplus” funds into Kentucky’s “rainy day fund.” Beshear claims it’s a “sign of a healthy economy” and attacks his critics who “keep running their mouths about how bad things are,” reports WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold. However, I’m concerned that Kentuckians who…

The numbers: Ky earnings ‘barely back’ to where they were when Beshear took office

In search of a legacy, Gov. Steve Beshear has resorted to taking “victory laps” in attempts to convince skeptical Kentuckians that the commonwealth’s economy is roaring back. However, hard facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show employment and earnings in the commonwealth are “barely back” to where they were when Beshear took office in December 2007:  …

Bluegrass Beacon – WWFS: What would Friedman say about minimum-wage hikes?

We just passed the 103rd anniversary of the late Nobel laureate Milton Friedman’s birthday while witnessing a maddening rush toward mammoth minimum-wage hikes, led by out-of-touch and economically illiterate do-gooders – from the White House to the Kentucky governor’s mansion and even to members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. As I witness this economic…

Celebrate Friedman’s legacy: Go to bat for school choice this Thursday @ Louisville’s Slugger Field!

If you haven’t registered for the Bluegrass Institute’s Friedman Legacy Night at Louisville’s Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St., this Thursday, July 30, you may still do so here. While Dr. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for economics, he and his wife Rose Friedman dedicated much of their lives and treasure to championing the cause of educational liberty, particularly in…