Protesters in Frankfort should be reminded of some key facts about Kentucky coal

Hundreds turned out in Frankfort on Valentines Day for an event organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to protest one of Kentucky’s most important industries: coal mining, and mountain top removal. Though protecting Kentucky’s picturesque sceneries and wildlife should be a top priority for Kentuckians, before more citizens in the commonwealth show support for such a…

Selenium pollution ruling is further proof that Kentucky doesn’t need the EPA

An on-going hearing between Kentucky’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) over selenium pollution in Bluegrass waterways is further evidence that citizens of the commonwealth are more than capable of monitoring their own energy sector and environment – without the heavy fist of the Environmental Protection Agency. This week, the legislative…

House Bill 51 would allow politicians to meddle with your charitable donations

A new bill making its way through Kentucky’s House of Representatives could result in Frankfort politicos exercising much greater influence over where Kentuckians’ charitable donations end up this year. Reps. John Will Stacy D-56th District, Marie Rader R-89th District, and Addia Wuchner R-66th District introduced House Bill 51 on January 8th amid concerns that non-profit organizations…

Statement from Bluegrass Institute CEO: HB 1 contains right ‘ghost government’ policy; give lawmakers time to make it even better

A statement from Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters: I recently wrote a Bluegrass Beacon column praising state Auditor Adam Edelen’s initiative to hold accountable more than 1,200 special taxing districts strung out across the commonwealth that handle $2.7 billion per year. (Remember what happened when groups like the Kentucky Association of Counties and Lexington’s…