Quote of the day: Right-to-work fits

“Right-to-work fits the ‘County Home Rule’ like the Wildcats fit in Rupp Arena. It protects workers from losing their jobs for refusing to become members of labor unions or pay dues while also serving as a county’s very own ‘open for business’ sign in a state that’s generally not.” –Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters in the…

Attaching a COLA to a minimum-wage increase allows Louisville politicians to avoid accountability for future hikes

(Note: This release contains a corrected phone number from today’s email version.) (LOUISVILLE, Ky) – Instead of considering policies that would make Kentucky’s largest city a mecca of economic growth, a majority of Louisville Metro Council members are resorting to a policy that would raise the minimum wage and harm the very people they intend to…

Defining terms: Common core

“Common Core is set of national curriculum standards that the federal government strong-armed states into adopting. The standards erode local autonomy over education policy and are extremely costly to implement. They have also produced plenty of confused teachers, parents, and children …” –Robby Soave, Hit & Run blog (Reason)

Bluegrass Institute provides intellectual ammunition for historic county right-to-work campaigns

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters made the following statement to the Warren County Fiscal Court just prior to Thursday’s historic 6-1 vote approving the nation’s first countywide right-to-work ordinance: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I am very pleased to be here as the president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions – which began…

What kind of bang are Kentucky taxpayers getting for all those KCTCS bucks?

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters offered analysis to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on the secrecy and lack of accountability to taxpayers in the hiring of a new Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems president. KCIR is a partner with Louisville public radio 89.3 WFPL News and carried Waters’ comment as well. Concerning outgoing…