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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Performance events belong in chemistry labs, not Common-Core tests

It’s no surprise that those pushing federally driven, one-size-fits-all academic standards also heavily endorse assessment tools that not only have a track record of past failure in Kentucky, but also offer little chance of success anywhere else in the nation. It’s not that performance assessments are wrong. They’re not. They can be very beneficial and…

Bluegrass Beacon: Free-market ‘Bizarros’ attack company’s property rights during beer-policy debate

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, the new beer-distributor policy was passed by the Kentucky Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. One legislator said the beer distribution policy debate that recently brewed and boiled in the Kentucky House reminded him of comic-book episodes featuring Bizarro, the super villain…

Liberty’s boosters & busters, courtesy of the Kentucky Legislature

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, telecom reform passed both the House and Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” comes your way courtesy of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. A “Liberty Booster” is a policymaker who offers an…