Bluegrass Beacon: Pension dispute lacks facts, not funding

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Political leaders are justifiably pessimistic that throwing more dollars – even record amounts – at Kentucky’s teetering public-pension systems is not some puff of magic that will allow…

Bluegrass Beacon – Eye bill’s focus: Keep online examiners out

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. As House members struggle to unite on serious issues involving public-pension reform and budget cuts, they’ve had no problem coming together with shutter-speed agreement to pass legislation protecting…

Bluegrass Beacon: Real reformers aren’t name callers

Ronda Harmon, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Councils, recently wrote that those who question the commonwealth’s contentious School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) approach toward governing schools “somehow stand in the way of improvement” and are “public school opponents.” It’s a curious charge since groups representing superintendents, school boards and the business community openly…

Bluegrass Beacon: Inconvenient truth about teachers’ salaries

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. “Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed,” wrote 18th century English writer Daniel Defoe in “The Political History of the Devil.” “As certain…

Bluegrass Beacon: Hit drug program’s PAUSE button

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. The 340B program was created by Congress in 1992 to provide life-saving medicine to poor and uninsured Americans by forcing pharmaceutical manufacturers wanting their drugs covered by Medicaid…

Bluegrass Beacon: Reforming Medicaid, tweaking elections and overcoming evil

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Past expanded government programs, present evil and future gubernatorial elections highlight this first edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” in 2018. Liberty Boosters: President Trump for allowing states…

Bluegrass Beacon: Councils just another failed fad of KERA

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Former House Speaker Jody Richards recently announced he would not seek re-election this year. Richards, D-Bowling Green, who went to Frankfort the year Jimmy Carter was elected president,…

Bluegrass Beacon: Will pension funding engulf entire budget?

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Your humble correspondent warned for years that the day would come when public-pension funding crowded out government services Kentuckians on both sides of the political aisle care deeply…

Kentucky Can’t Wait 100+ Years to Improve Our Schools

A new Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions report released last week questions the lack of research and effectiveness of School Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils put in place over 25 years ago by the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Kentucky Can’t Wait 100+ Years for Our Schools to Improve provides top line data from the report:  

Bluegrass Beacon – Fighting open-meetings offenses: Short-term pain, long-term gain

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Getting sued and seeing the glass half full is an obvious oxymoron – unless the lawsuit leads to a court decision establishing judicial precedent ensconcing a more open,…