Right-to-work law would signal: Kentucky is open for (lots of) business

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce reports that since the Hoosier State passed the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work law, it’s attracting the kind of economic growth that in Kentucky is limited to rhetoric on campaign trails: Forty-five companies have communicated to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) that Indiana’s enactment of right-to-work will factor into their decision-making process…

City blocks choice schools from using vacant buildings

Anti-choice zealots would rather force taxpayers to ante up $1.4 million each year to maintain empty buildings than allow students in high-quality schools of choice from using them The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the extremes to which Milwaukee’s leftist bureaucrats and educational labor-union bosses go to keep high-performing private and charter schools from…

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…