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…

Bluegrass Beacon: What doth it profit a telecom company to invest in Kentucky?

Some editorial writers condemn supporters of telecommunications reform for being driven by a profit agenda. However, no company remains in business without “profit” as its primary motivation. Those editorial writers would find themselves in unemployment lines were it not for subscribers purchasing newspapers containing advertisements paid for by profit-driven advertisers – all designed to create…

The truth about telecom reform: It’s not what the fear mongers say

My weekly Bluegrass Beacon column released to newspapers on Thursday was about the state Senate’s approval of legislation removing onerous regulations from state law that not only discourage telecommunications companies from investing more resources in Kentucky, but also hamper them from investing in ways that improve the commonwealth’s wireless infrastructure. Fear mongers say the legislation…

Lee County Supt: Reforming telcom regs about equal access for rural students

Much of the opposition to such common-sense reforms of Kentucky’s telecom regulations usually comes from those who oppose any move to lessen government regulation hindering the private sector, particularly if such a move benefits a corporation like AT&T or Verizon. However, it’s not just corporate types who favor clearing out the underbrush of antiquated telecom regulatory mandates,…