Right-to-work update: Ten percent of Kentucky counties now providing workers the freedom to choose

Monroe recently became the 12th Kentucky county to pass a local right-to-work law. State Rep. Bart Rowland, R-Tompkinsville, told JPI News that the actions taken by counties “helps legislators realize that local communities want right-to-work and Kentuckians want right-to-work and that it’s not just a Republican issue.” More than 100 votes have now been cast…

Bluegrass Beacon: Hopeful rhetoric adorns wall of school-choice obstructionism

House Education Committee Chairman Derrick Graham’s recent op-ed reveals his clear understanding of Kentucky’s education deficiencies. Graham, D-Frankfort, is well aware of the “persistent disparities in performance between groups of students, especially those defined as minorities, disabled or low-income.” He eloquently addresses how “students caught in the achievement gap are disproportionately from African-American, Latino and…

LTE: Broadband building best left to private companies

The following Letter to the Editor was written by former Bluegrass Institute/Koch summer intern Elaina Waters and published in Saturday’s Lexington Herald-Leader. It offers a free-market perspective on government-owned broadband networks. For more on this issue, check out this recent Bluegrass Beacon column on why Lexington’s proposal to build and operate a government-owned broadband network…

Broadband by bureaucrats: High costs of high-speed failure

While some in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government consider it fashionable to build and operate a broadband network at taxpayers’ expense, citizens who take a moment to look at the price tag of similar outfits in other places should at least do some more price shopping before heading to the register. They may also want…

Bluegrass Beacon: Magazine’s award no reason to pop bubbly

Gov. Steve Beshear and Frankfort’s economic-development leaders celebrated a recent award by Site Selection magazine for being the state with the “most new projects per capita” last year. Any economic progress is commendable – especially considering Kentucky has myriad business-unfriendly policies. But is this award a reason to burst out the bubbly and – as…

Quote of the day: Economic developers ‘significantly hampered’

“We, as economic developers, are asked to do a job, yet we are significantly hampered by Kentucky’s non right-to-work status. We have significant competition already from other Midwestern and Southern states to attract international and domestic manufacturing opportunities. … Estimates from site-selection experts indicate that anywhere from one-third to half of all manufacturing projects do…

Kentucky’s fourth-largest county supports right-to-work protections

While all 25 right-to-work states have taken the traditional top-down approach, Kentucky’s right-to-work movement continues to gain momentum at the local level. Boone County on Monday became the 11th county in Kentucky to pass a local right-to-work law based on KRS 67.0073, which the General Assembly passed in 1978 in order to clarify county’s legislative…