Mercatus and Bluegrass Scholars report: Kentucky is not economically competitive, Part 1 of 4

Dr. John Garren – Citizen Education Seminar from 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…

Quote of the day: Who do we point the finger at?

This excerpt is from InsiderLouisville.com and covers Gov. Steve Beshear talking about pension reform: Kentucky got severely upside-down on the retirement funds because in good economic times, state government diverted state pension contributions to other things, he said. “You can’t point any fingers and blame any set of individuals,” he said. Well, actually you can point the finger at…

Weak attempt at reform

While state lawmakers and defenders of the status-quo pat themselves on the back for a last-minute, “successful” legislative session, the standard of living for all Kentuckians continues to be in danger. Once again, state lawmakers failed during a legislative session to enact meaningful public pension system reform. Rather than take effective action against a $34…

Kentucky coal not-so-fun facts

Compared to 2011, 2012 saw Kentucky coal face some alarming set-backs: Total jobs lost, 4,028. Mining employment, down 22 percent. Underground mining employment, down 15.4 percent. Surface mining employment, down 34.8 percent. Eastern Kentucky mining employment, down 29.9 percent. Total production was 91.4 million tons, down 16.3 percent. Eastern Kentucky production, down 27.6 percent. Though…