Current environment provides opportunity to advance school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being published by newspapers statewide. The following column was originally released on June 11, 2020.   “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein said. Whether we see – and seize – the available opportunities during…

Recommendations for a taxpayer-friendly COVID-19 legislative finale offering promise for post-virus recovery

With the Kentucky General Assembly returning to its work today, the Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to make their sole constitutional obligation of passing a balanced budget their top priority. Now isn’t the time to raise taxes and increase spending. There will already be enough of that occurring at both the federal and state levels to…

Marsy’s Law bill would ill-advisedly – and unnecessarily – amend Kentucky’s Constitution

Sen. Whitley Westerfield, R-Crofton, has again filed legislation to amend the Kentucky Constitution with a proposed amendment known as Marsy’s Law. Westerfield has added a provision to this year’s proposed legislation that’s a clear attempt to play upon the unpopular and ill-advised pardons issued by former Gov. Bevin before he left office in December, and…

Former Kentucky Chief Justice comments on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) — President Donald J. Trump’s decision to nominate Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is receiving high marks from legal experts in the commonwealth. Former Kentucky Chief Justice Joseph…

Bluegrass Beacon: Second chances for felons and taxpayers

Editor’s note: This column originally was released to newspapers before passage of House Bill 40, which creates a process giving some low-level criminals a one-time opportunity to apply to a court to have their records expunged following a five-year waiting period and paying a $500 fee after completing their sentences. The column has been updated…