On the air: BIPPS president Jim Waters on ‘Kentucky Tonight’…tonight!

Join Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters tonight on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. Jim joins host Bill Goodman a panel of guests discussing the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Also appearing will be Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates; Dave Adkisson, president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Chamber…

Bluegrass Beacon: Phone rings for market-driven telecom reforms

Telecommunications companies like AT&T have for three years vigorously pushed to rid Kentucky of regulatory regiments that place the Bluegrass State at a competitive disadvantage. Deregulation’s opponents argue to protect access to basic telephone services – especially emergency services – for poor, elderly and rural citizens. The result is Senate Bill 99 – a culmination…

Bluegrass Beacon: Right-to-work law needed in Kentucky’s economic toolbox

Respected economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore claim the most important tools in a state’s economic toolbox are a right-to-work law and lower taxes. The economists’ analysis of states with humming economies versus those with sputtering ones – along with the experience of Kentucky’s economic development experts – confirms their assertion. While I recently showed…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS talks school choice on Louisville’s 1240 WLLV-AM

Join Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters on The Values Coalition Radio Broadcast on Friday on Louisville’s 1240 WLLV-AM from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with host Pastor Jerry L. Stephenson. Jim will discuss this week’s passage of public charter-school legislation by the Kentucky Senate, how improving education can reduce violence in our cities and how…

Bluegrass Beacon: Frankfort plays Ping-Pong with public pension transparency

Legislation that would make the Kentucky Retirement Systems transparent for those paying its bills has danced into the spotlight during the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Passage of transparency bills filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Latonia, and Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would make the “names, status, projected or actual benefit payments” subject to…

Time to make AG’s use of private law firms transparent

A long-overdue legislative proposal in the Kentucky State Senate would shine the light on the Kentucky Attorney General’s use of private law firms to harass businesses and individuals. Current law allows the Kentucky Attorney General to hire private attorneys to engage in legal battles. This practice not only wrongly gives private law firms the powers…

BIPPS scholar analyzes governor’s tax plan in Courier-Journal

“What Kentucky needs is a sound budget complete with tax reform that stimulates job growth,” writes Brian Strow, Ph.D., BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at Western Kentucky University and member of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars. In his op-ed in Wednesday’s Louisville Courier-Journal, Strow offers comment on Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax-reform proposal with…