Fulton County ignores union threats, Frankfort’s political squabbles and passes right-to-work

The Fulton County Fiscal Court on Dec. 30 unanimously passed Kentucky’s third local right-to-work ordinance. Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters and outgoing Fulton Co. Judge-Executive David Gallagher (right) encouraged magistrates to ignore threats by union lawyers and bosses as well as the political squabbles of anti-right-to-work politicians in Frankfort and the false claims of Big…

2015 General Assembly: Governor’s Medicaid expansion ‘promised something that we cannot deliver’

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly gets underway Tuesday with the swearing-in of lawmakers and beginning the process of electing leaders. Gov. Steve Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the House chambers will be among the week’s highlights. While the session is a non-budget, 30-day session, state Sen.…

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…