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…

Bluegrass Beacon – Transparency: the best medicine for 340B drug-pricing program

If ever a well-intentioned government program was trusted too much and verified too little, it’s the 340B Drug Pricing plan created by Congress in 1992 to help indigent and uninsured patients acquire costly prescription medicines. The policy forces manufacturers to sell those drugs to participating hospitals at reduced rates; some price at more than 50…