Who voted to raise your taxes and protect wasteful spending?

The Republican-controlled Kentucky House and Senate voted during this year’s General Assembly session to override their fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of nearly a half-billion in tax-and-spending increases. Some who voted for the overrides point to an analysis by a Washington, D.C., group claiming that making the income tax a flat 5 percent – as House…

Bluegrass Beacon: Both parties scheme to soak taxpayers

In the closing days of this year’s session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Republican-dominated legislature overrode Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of its budget – which proposed spending $600 million more than the governor’s plan – and a mammoth tax increase to fund it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, Democratic Attorney…

News Release: Institute has new board chairman; outgoing chair thanked for his leadership

For Release: Friday, May 18, 2018 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Financial analyst Aaron Ammerman has become the new chairman of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Directors following outgoing chair Tim Yessin’s announcement that he will transition off the board to focus on his growing financial-services business. Ammerman, a Bluegrass Institute board member since 2014, has had…

News Release: Institute’s Center for Open Government prevails in circuit court dispute regarding House’s secret pension meeting

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — A Franklin Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government’s claim that the Kentucky House of Representatives illegally conducted a closed meeting to discuss public pension reform. Judge Thomas D. Wingate rejected the House’s claim that a closed meeting…

Bluegrass Institute statement on JCPS Audit: Time for a fresh start for Louisville students

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 30, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) –– The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, has been bringing much-needed sunshine to the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) for many years now. JCPS has been mismanaged for decades and the achievement gap continues to widen. Since the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Intimidated conservatives lose focus

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. This column has been updated to reflect the override of Gov. Bevin’s vetoes of tax-and-spending measures. Changing a commonwealth long mired in poverty perpetuated by misguided policies designed…

Kentucky Board of Education’s special meeting raises serious open meetings questions

The April 17, 2018 special meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education that culminated in the resignation of Commissioner Stephen Pruitt was marred by several open meetings violations. It was not an auspicious beginning for the board’s “different direction.” Some of the violations were indisputable, like the board’s failure to vote on the motion to…