Bluegrass Beacon: Education facelift incomplete without school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Photos of the state Capitol being tweeted by Gov. Matt Bevin offer an unmistakably dramatic before-and-after contrast showing impressive results of a $1.2 million scrubdown of the century-old…

Bluegrass Beacon: Avoid ‘fatal’ delay-of-game penalties for needed policies

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. It’s coincidental, of course, that legislative sessions in Kentucky begin immediately following the climax of the sports season for the commonwealth’s rabid fans, including the annual titanic-like struggle…

Bluegrass Beacon: More government for all!

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Progressives never count themselves satisfied with expanding government a single time in one lone area. Grotesque growth by government in one area like health insurance never stops do-gooders…

Bluegrass Beacon: Anti-right-to-work candidate’s confusing contradictions

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. I’ve been considering adding “witness a 50-percent turnout at Kentucky polls in a midterm election” to my bucket list. We may get close reaching that turnout number on…

Bluegrass Beacon: Pledge calls for full pension transparency

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. A consistent charge leveled against reformers who want to adjust the benefit structure of the commonwealth’s Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is that we overstate the generosity of those…

Bluegrass Beacon: Dodging pension crisis won’t fix it

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Opponents of reforming Kentucky’s public pension system and addressing its $60 billion worth of liabilities are attacking the process by which pension-reform legislation was passed during this year’s…

Bluegrass Beacon – Critically needed: New pension system for incoming teachers

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. The frustration expressed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer following Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s decision to strike down a pension-reform law cobbled together originally as Senate Bill…

Bluegrass Beacon: Innovate to make KASPER more Kentucky-friendly

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Like dial-up was once the pinnacle of telecommunications tools, the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system was previously the gold standard of drug reporting activity, resulting…

Bluegrass Beacon: Judge hides behind black robe of procedure in pension case

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that pension-reform legislation passed on the 57th day of this year’s 60-day General Assembly session is unconstitutional because it allegedly didn’t get…