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: Applying the Yellow Pages test to utility ownership

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. Considering Frankfort will soon be forced to pass a painful budget, it might be helpful for legislators to apply the Yellow Pages test, an analogy that, for the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Kentucky Wired versus the Big Dig

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. What does a silver bullet cost? At least $490 million – the figure being thrown around by bureaucrats charged with implementing Kentucky Wired, the ill-advised 3,400-mile statewide…

BIPPS on KentuckyWired’s downsizing

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters, who attended the recent Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) summit in Pikeville, is quoted on Watchdog.org. Waters points out that Gov. Matt Bevin’s announcement that the duplicative and costly KentuckyWired project had been scaled back is a ‘partial victory’ for taxpayers. Read the complete article here. The Bluegrass Institute also…

Bluegrass Beacon – Bathrooms to broadband: Government control is out of control

Are Washington’s policies these days regarding everything from bathrooms to broadband intentionally designed to systematically trash the constitutionally protected power of states, local governments and even the people themselves? Maybe. Maybe not. Whatever the intentions, those are the results. Where, for example, does the U.S. Constitution even remotely allow a president enthroned in Washington to…