Kentucky legislators have an opportunity to be a hero to their taxpayers by supporting scholarship state tax credits

An Open Letter to Kentucky Legislators from the Bluegrass Institute: Dear Legislators, Twenty years ago, a group of community leaders met and wondered how they could make the biggest difference in poor children’s lives in the inner city of Louisville. Their passion resulted in School Choice Scholarships and was based on the founders’ vision that children…

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:  

News release: Gov.-elect Bevin’s principled platform features many of the Bluegrass Institute’s signature policy solutions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 4   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, congratulated Matt Bevin on his victory in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election and stated its support for his principled platform that will bring new ideas and common-sense solutions to the serious problems…

Bluegrass Beacon: Magazine’s award no reason to pop bubbly

Gov. Steve Beshear and Frankfort’s economic-development leaders celebrated a recent award by Site Selection magazine for being the state with the “most new projects per capita” last year. Any economic progress is commendable – especially considering Kentucky has myriad business-unfriendly policies. But is this award a reason to burst out the bubbly and – as…

You can’t be ‘conservative’ and advocate for the Nanny State, too

Once again, the state’s Smoking Nannies will be trying to convince lawmakers to absorb precious time during this year’s short 30-day session considering legislation that would implement a government-mandated smoking ban on all private property in Kentucky. There are many problems with such a policy – not the least of which it tramples on local communities…

Is Kentucky really one of America’s most corrupt states?

The Heritage Foundation is reporting on a study determining the most corrupt states in America. The study sized up the effect between 1976 and 2008 of public corruption—measured by convictions—on state spending. It found Mississippi was at the top of the list, but guess which state was No. 9? From MississippiWatchdog.org: According to the study, the 10 most-corrupt states could have reduced per…

Bluegrass Institute welcomes new Vice President of Policy Initiatives

Bluegrass Institute welcomes new Vice President of Policy Initiatives   Denis Frankenberger will lead right-to-work campaign (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Louisville entrepreneur and government watchdog Denis Frankenberger has been named the Bluegrass Institute’s Vice President of Policy Initiatives. Frankenberger is the former president and CEO of Advance Machinery Co. – one of the nation’s largest machine…