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…

Herald-Leader seeing the light

A recent editorial by the Lexington Herald-Leader hits on something that the Bluegrass Institute has been championing for years now: public pension transparency. Most of the piece focuses on funding the pension system’s substantial shortfall but at the end this point is made: Both systems lack transparency. Even though every taxpayer in Kentucky will contribute…

Attracting Quality Instructors: Exit interview with Billy Harper: Part 4

The Bluegrass Institute recently sat down to talk about public education in Kentucky with Billy Harper, who recently completed a four-year term on the Kentucky Board of Education In this fourth segment, he talks about how better utilizing Kentucky’s alternative certification process for attracting quality instructors could help address the lack of science and math teachers. He also…