Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters made the following statement to the Warren County Fiscal Court just prior to Thursday’s historic 6-1 vote approving the nation’s first countywide right-to-work ordinance:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
I am very pleased to be here as the president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions – which began just a couple of blocks from here – over on Fountain Square in September of 2003.
The Bluegrass Institute is a state-based public policy think tank dedicated to offering free-market solutions to Kentucky’s greatest challenges. Our policy solutions are based on the principles of economic prosperity, individual liberty, personal responsibility and a respect for the lives and properties of others.
As a 501c3 nonprofit, nonpartisan, research-and-education organization, our mission is to offer and support economically sound, long-term common-sense policies that will benefit all Kentuckians while avoiding policy decisions based on emotion and designed to achieve short-term effects while benefiting only a few.
In our 11-year history, the Bluegrass Institute has achieved a strong reputation of taking positions based on ideas and policies rather than politics. We do not take positions on issues based on political partisanship. Rather, our policy positions are based on credible data, dispassionate observation and just plain ol’ Kentucky common sense.
Looking at the issue that way, it’ s no wonder that based on a poll released by the Institute this past summer, 80 percent of Kentuckians answered “absolutely” to this single question: “Should employees have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union?”
I’m not really surprised, considering that 40 percent of Kentuckians live in counties that border another state, and they see every day the results of unfriendly business policies – including the lack of a right-to-work law.