Isn’t the ‘Kentucky film incentive’ one tax loophole that should be closed?

Why, exactly, do we need a taxpayer-funded “Kentucky Film Commission” that will consider the “status of Kentucky film incentive” at a meeting on Monday? While recently lamenting Kentucky’s dire budget situation and the need for tax reform that allows tax revenue to “grow” with the economy, don’t you wonder why we have policies that allow an…

Bluegrass Beacon: Half-baked science standards dim STEM career tracks

Legislation introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would eliminate the controversial Next Generation Science Standards. Like much state government does, noble intentions accompany these standards. After all, I’ve been calling for more rigorous education standards since starting this column seven years ago. High-performing public schools, including charter and private schools, consistently demonstrate that students’ academic…

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…