Columnist gives shout-out to Bluegrass Institute

Kentucky Gazette columnist Bob Babbage’s recent piece entitled “How think tanks think is worth pondering and using” highlights the Bluegrass Institute’s label-defying contributions to the commonwealth’s political landscape. Babbage notes that not only has the institute focused on traditional issues like public-pension debt and school choice, but also on non-traditional areas like transparency, online voting…

Attention Kentucky lawmakers who claim you don’t know what a charter school is: Read the bill

In a recent interview on “Pure Politics,” Rep. Brad Montell, R–Shelbyville, said “most legislators on both sides of the aisle, frankly, don’t know enough about charter schools.” A bill sponsored by Montell that would allow charter schools in Kentucky was heard in the House Education Committee in February of this year. Montell requested that no…

Lexington mayor talks “unsustainable” pensions

“Thorny” and “out of control” are the words that Lexington Mayor Jim Gray used to describe the city’s pension situation. Uh oh. In a recent interview with WUKY, Gray explains how the city’s annual required contribution to the pension system has increased by 400% over the past decade and describes this is as “unsustainable”. He…

Kentucy Energy Equation Quote of the Day

For all those clamoring that any negative health effects associated with Kentucky coal mining are simply unacceptable – no matter the economic boom the industry allows these small coal mining communities – a key question continues to go infuriatingly unanswered. Why are unelected bureaucrats in Washington D.C. better able to assess the costs and benefits…

History repeats: pension funding potentially even worse

Is Kentucky’s public pension mess even worse than we thought…again? A recent New York Times article by Mary Williams Walsh discusses how the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has revamped the rules for reporting the health of public pension systems. It boils down to this: the new rules require more disclosure and as more information…