Bluegrass Beacon: Government programs ‘should not be shrouded in mystery’

A lack of transparency puts taxpayers who fund the government, including its secretive practices, at a distinct disadvantage from which it’s difficult to recover. So says the man widely hailed as a key architect of the imploding, incompetently named Affordable Care Act. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, call it the…

Bluegrass Beacon: This Bud’s distributorship is for Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch LLC wants to purchase Budweiser of Owensboro, an independent distributorship  owned by the Hand family. The Hand family wants to sell. However, opponents claim that allowing the transfer of the distributorship license would violate the three-tiered system – a special set of rules established following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 to regulate the…

Bluegrass Beacon: ‘We’re hard workers and we do have a right to work’

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who campaigned frequently in Kentucky for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes, initially urged voters on Oct. 24 to reject the notion “that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs” – a theory “that has been tried, that has failed” and that “has failed rather spectacularly”— only to walk it back…

Bluegrass Beacon — Technology and common sense: Beating meth but protecting freedoms, too

Forgive me, but I want to say to the pencil-pushing Kentucky State Police lobbyists and drug task-force zealots: We told you so. A common-sense approach to fighting the scourge of methamphetamine not only won out in the legislature – where, in 2012, politicians who preferred taking the sledgehammer-to-an-ant approach to the problem were politically defeated…

BIPPS on NKy’s airwaves: Join us Friday @ 7:30 a.m. on 55KRC

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will be on Cincinnati’s 55KRC The Morning Show with guest-host Kevin Gordon on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. (eastern) Waters will talk about the Institute’s #right2work4ky campaign, which includes a new docu-video telling the real stories of people who need the kind of manufacturing employment opportunities that a right-to-work law would bring…

Media Alert: Southern Ky. couple stars in Institute’s new right-to-work video; scorecard tallies who’s for, against right-to-work policy

(JAMESTOWN, Ky.) — Fruit of the Loom’s announcement in April that it would close its only remaining Kentucky plant in Jamestown by the end of the year was a devastating blow to this community. “It hit hard,” said Russell Springs resident Claude Morrison, who’s worked at Fruit of the Loom for 30 years – during…

Right-to-work offers Kentuckians promise of a ‘hand up’ rather than a government ‘handout’

Policy is not just about the numbers, the data or the lofty ideals. Good and bad policies both have real impact on real people. Without a right-to-work policy, the Bluegrass State lack the opportunities real Kentuckians need — and that residents in key neighboring states already have — to deal with economic downturns, manufacturing plant closures and regulatory…

Bluegrass Beacon…Right-to-work: The right message for Kentucky’s governor

The 3,748 manufacturers that have stayed in Kentucky and employ 228,600 workers – despite a less-than-friendly business atmosphere – deserve all of the accolades Frankfort can muster, including Gov. Steve Beshear’s decree that October is “Manufacturing Month in the Commonwealth.” Perhaps this could be followed by “Political Courage Month” in November, during which the governor…