Who in the Ky legislature supported more regulations on beer industry and ‘the ultimate assault’ on a company’s property rights?

We incessantly hear the complaint that goes something like: “There’s no difference in the two political parties. Both of their members are only in it for how they can benefit personally.” Frankfort’s Republicans, in particular, become very agitated and frustrated with such allegations. “There is a difference — but we just don’t get enough credit for doing…

Bluegrass Beacon — Frankfort’s out-of-touch priorities: Solutions for problems that don’t exist

A couple of quotes sum up what engaged Kentucky voters already know. The first one is provided by Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired civil-rights movements worldwide, said: “Action expresses priorities.” Second, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once opined: “It is not arrogant government that chooses priorities; it’s an irresponsible government that fails to choose.” Actions…

Beer-distribution policy battle: Resist temptation to ‘do something’

The so-called “beer bill” passed by the Kentucky House on Tuesday has nothing to do with protecting small craft-beer makers and everything to do with Anheuser-Busch’s distributor-competitors using the force of government to drive a competitor out of the marketplace. These opponents of competition feign concern that failing to take away Anheuser-Busch’s property will somehow result in the…

Kentucky House of Representatives finally — and overwhelmingly — answers call to reform telecom regulatory policy

Just four days after leftist ideologue and state AARP director Ron Bridges called on Kentucky lawmakers to once again stop reasonable telecom-reform legislation in the state House of Representatives – an overwhelming number of those lawmakers did the right thing by promptly ignoring Bridges’ tired Chicken Little drivel. Bridges, who’s much-less reasonable and knowledgeable than…

Companies want to create products in a right-to-work world

Legally challenging the validity of local right-to-work laws passed by Kentucky counties seems the only viable option for labor-union officials concerned about losing money and members if individual workers gain the freedom to say “no” to union dues without losing their jobs. Like their collective-bargaining agreements, several unions bundled their anger together and filed a…

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…