Bluegrass Beacon: Quasi-pension bill good but Kentucky Senate could make it great

Legislation passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives intended to provide long-term relief from steep increases in pension payments faced by quasi-government agencies like regional universities, health departments and rape crisis centers represents small steps in the right direction. However, the Kentucky Senate, which now will consider House Bill 171 (HB 171), could turn this…

Bluegrass Institute: Legislature should dump proposed fuel-tax hike

Every direction you turn at the Capitol these days the discussion centers on what rocks need overturning to find more revenue under the unproven – and categorically untrue – assumption that the 22 billion of Kentucky taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars collected during the current budget biennium fail to provide sufficient funding for necessary services citizens expect…

Bluegrass Beacon: Frankfort should butt out of private-sector’s purview

Both projects at the heart of this legislative edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters offer reminders of the costly, if unintended, consequences of government involvement in undertakings better left to the private sector. However, there’s at least an attempt to limit one project’s ability to undercut private-sector competition with a publicly subsidized product while costly…

Bluegrass Beacon: Ky. should ride Trump’s coattails to school-choice victory

Republican legislators representing rural districts across Kentucky who want to support school choice but fear possible backlash from bureaucrats who run local schools back home received some stout political cover from President Trump in his State of the Union speech last month. While calling on Congress to pass legislation creating federal tax-credit scholarships, Trump noted…

Bluegrass Beacon: Frankfort buzzes with bipartisan talk of tax hikes

Considering Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s newly released big-spending budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, perhaps Hodgenville Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, who recently filed a resolution designating October as “National Pork Month in Kentucky,” should include a companion declaration recognizing 2021-2022 as “Milk Taxpayers Dry Years.” One of the “yes” votes for such a resolution might…

Bluegrass Beacon: Ousted KBE members take stand; hospital ruse offers ‘myopic malarkey’

This General Assembly edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters begins with Kentuckians who, while neither bureaucrats nor politicians, care enough about the future of our commonwealth to take a principled stand against an unfair and destructive policy. Liberty Boosters: Most of the former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members are teaming up with the Bluegrass…

Bluegrass Beacon: Scholarship program offers the right kind of tax credit

Isn’t it an interesting phenomenon how leftwing political degenerates care little about spending until the proposed program offers a piece that doesn’t fit their philosophical puzzle? Take the huffing and puffing by opponents of encouraging individuals and businesses to donate to a modest program that would turn those dollars into scholarships for Kentucky parents who…

Bluegrass Beacon: Pension contract inviolable, not inflexible

Legislators campaigning to hold on to their seats may be jittery about dealing with controversial pension reform, but the problems plaguing the state’s retirement systems don’t hibernate just because there’s an election. Despite record amounts of funding in recent years, the ailing Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is saddled with $14.5 billion worth of liabilities, remains…