Right-to-work update: 10 percent of Ky counties pass at least first readings of ordinances; site selectors reach out to Warren County

So far, 10 percent of Kentucky’s counties have held at least a first reading on a local right-to-work ordinance. Six counties have passed final readings and are beginning to reap the benefits that having a right-to-work policy brings, including being contacted by site selectors concerning company expansions and re-locations. Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce…

News Release – Bluegrass Institute Scholar, business community warns: Minimum-wage hikes harm young, low-skilled the most

For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 (BOWLING GREEN, Ky) – A new Bluegrass Institute report released today warns that raising the commonwealth’s minimum wage would not only harm most the people it’s meant to help – including young and low-skilled workers – but it would particularly harm Kentucky,…

You can’t be ‘conservative’ and advocate for the Nanny State, too

Once again, the state’s Smoking Nannies will be trying to convince lawmakers to absorb precious time during this year’s short 30-day session considering legislation that would implement a government-mandated smoking ban on all private property in Kentucky. There are many problems with such a policy – not the least of which it tramples on local communities…

Wanna know more about school choice? Check out these highlights from recent BIPPS blog series on six kinds of educational liberty

The Bluegrass Institute participated in this year’s fifth annual National School Choice Week event with a Bluegrass Beacon column and a daily blog series that offered snapshots of most types of school choice. Some highlights: Sunday: “A series of reports by Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard G. Innes reveal that while Kentucky’s political and…

NEWS ALERT…Bluegrass Institute poll: Voters from both parties want Frankfort to quit meddling, focus on economic growth

Meddling with beer laws least-important issue for voters (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A new poll released today by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, makes it clear: economic growth is by far the dominant issue on the minds of Kentucky voters, and they strongly disapprove of state government…

Bluegrass Beacon — Smoking ban policy déjà vu: There they go again

Those attending legislative meetings this year in Frankfort may wonder if this legislative session’s motto is: “In God We Trust.” Signs with that declaration now hang in meeting rooms throughout the capitol. However, Senate President Robert Stivers is quick to note they are paid for with private donations not taxpayer dollars. I’m considering raising funds…

Celebrating National School Choice Week: Homeschooling

Home schooling is the ultimate form of parental school choice…the ultimate example of parents taking responsibility for ensuring their children are educated and prepared for the future. The Kentucky Constitution protects the right of Bluegrass State parents to homeschool their children. What’s required? Parents must: Notify the superintendent of the local school board in writing within…

Celebrating National School Choice Week – The ESA Frontier: Boldly going where education reform has (hardly) gone before

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 25-31). Since its beginning more than 11 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure…