Mercatus and Bluegrass Scholars report: Kentucky is not economically competitive, Part 2 of 4

Maurice McTigue – Citizen Education Seminar from the Bluegrass Institute on Vimeo. Recently the Bluegrass Institute partnered with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University to host its Citizen Education Seminar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lexington. The event included both Bluegrass Institute and Mercatus scholars discussing the most pertinent barriers standing in the way of Kentucky’s…

The Crime of Whitening Teeth with Over-the-Counter Products

It’s perfectly legal to buy over-the-counter tooth whitening products and use them. But if you pay a nondentist for help in doing so, that person may be committing the crime (!) of practicing dentistry without a license. Kentucky passed just such a prohibition on teeth whitening in 2010, apparently with little-to-no debate. Today’s Wall Street…

The Economics Behind the Issues: The Dependency Trap

At this month’s Citizen Education Seminar on Kentucky’s economic competitiveness, jointly hosted by the Bluegrass Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University,  John Garen, Ph.D., economics professor at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Bluegrass Institute’s Board of Scholars, discussed the “dependency trap” which the commonwealth has fallen so deeply into. In…

Lawmakers’ choice: Take steps to reduce public-pension benefits and beneficiaries, or watch the system collapse

Some reporters claim: “Kentucky’s choice: Have a mental health agency close or further damage the pension fund?” But a question not being asked is: Why was a nonpublic agency like Seven County Services on the taxpayer-funded public pension plan in the first place? Why are there 1,701 agencies on the commonwealth’s pension dole, including a private credit union with…