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,…

Lawmakers act to protect existing coal-fired power plants from EPA

Even Kentucky’s Democrats recognize that if the EPA implements the same heavy-handed emission standards on existing coal-fired power plants that it already has forced on proposed new operations, our state’s economy will suffer greatly. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment passed a bill without opposition today that orders the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet…

BIPPS in the Herald-Leader: Common core standards fall way short

The Bluegrass Institute has always advocated for high standards — the kind of standards that will ensure Kentucky students will be fully and adequately prepared for college or career. Don’t count on the Common Core State Standards to provide such preparation, writes Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader.      

Bluegrass Beacon: Beshear’s timid proposal versus Tar Heels’ tax-cutting tenacity

Raising the specter of hiking cigarette taxes is – for cash-starved politicians, big-government health nannies and their opinion-page enablers – the policy equivalent of ringing Pavlov’s bell. Seeing “cash trays” rather than ashtrays, these big spenders experience racing heartbeats and sweaty palms while dreaming of raking in millions more into government coffers for pet projects.…

Bluegrass Institute welcomes new Vice President of Policy Initiatives

Bluegrass Institute welcomes new Vice President of Policy Initiatives   Denis Frankenberger will lead right-to-work campaign (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Louisville entrepreneur and government watchdog Denis Frankenberger has been named the Bluegrass Institute’s Vice President of Policy Initiatives. Frankenberger is the former president and CEO of Advance Machinery Co. – one of the nation’s largest machine…