Lawmakers give teachers’ pension fund an extra $1B instead of awarding it to ailing KERS

The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee led by Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, recently unveiled its version of the KY budget for the next two fiscal years. Despite what the teachers’ unions and media would have you believe, the Senate version of the budget fully funded the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) with no strings attached.…

Bill to change the KY constitution

HB 475 filed in this 2020 session of the General Assembly proposes a change to the Constitution of Kentucky to allow cities, counties and towns to impose and collect local taxes. This bill, often referred to as a local option sales tax, specifically, removes the following language from the Kentucky Constitution: “and may, by general…

Scholarship tax credit bills filed

BIPPS joined school choice supporters yesterday in the Capitol rotunda to rally for educational freedom. Later in the afternoon, House Majority Whip Rep. Chad McCoy of Nelson County filed HB 350, a bill that would allow taxpayers to receive partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide school scholarships to low-income students. The House…

Scholarship tax credits: Fact vs. fiction

Opponents of school choice often resort to misleading statements, misrepresentations and complete dishonesty to argue against giving low-and-middle-income students the chance to attend the same private schools the wealthy enjoy.  Here are the top scholarship tax credit myths debunked: 1. Scholarship tax credits will destroy the public school system Scholarship tax credits are not a…

Back to school: It’s about the kids

Approximately 43% of Kentucky’s state budget goes toward K-12 education. Yet, when looking at Kentucky students’ performance in math and reading, it’s apparent we aren’t putting our students first when it comes to the spending of those dollars. We’re failing far too many students, especially minorities. Watching the news during the last several legislative sessions,…