Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS on 84WHAS today at 9 a.m.

A lot of bureaucrats and labor-union bosses are in Frankfort with both hands out. Kentucky’s current spending approach on public pensions is unsustainable. Incomes are low; dependence on government is high in the commonwealth. Join Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters as he makes the case for free markets, individual liberty and limited — and transparent — government this…

Bluegrass Beacon: 2014 Session’s first week — the good, the bad and the ugly

The classic main theme from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” serves as appropriate background music while perusing this column about the first week of the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The Good: Pension reform is not dead. After exaggerated claims about the feeble pension-reform bill passed during…

BIPPS on KET’s ‘Ky Tonight’: Should Kentucky pass a statewide smoking ban?

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Should government force restaurant and bar owners to ban smoking in their privately owned establishments? Should the Legislature be allowed to trump local smoking policies? Should constitutional principles surrender to the Nanny State? These questions will be debated Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight,” an award-winning statewide public affairs program hosted by…

Another call for pension transparency

“Kentucky’s pension records are not subject to the open records law,” wrote Lowell Reese in Sunday’s Courier-Journal “They are shrouded in secrecy.” Reese, publisher of Kentucky Roll Call, also authored “Future Shock,” a series of Bluegrass Institute reports on Kentucky’s public-pension crisis. The final of those reports offers 16 solutions for lawmakers to consider in fixing the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Locals know best how to spend education dollars

Critics of education-reform proposals that empower parents with school choice and lessen the bureaucracy’s control often scold: “Leave education to the experts. They know best.” Does this mandate also apply to education spending? Leon Smith, Russellville Independent Schools’ superintendent, told Bowling Green Daily News education reporter Chuck Mason that he was forced to forego a…