Bluegrass Beacon: Set the table for a school-choice buffet

President Donald Trump’s administration is taking some cues from the productive Kentucky Legislature. After a frenetic first week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which seven bills were passed, the new Trump administration offered a proportional amount of accomplishment during its first five days in the White House. Trump took 15…

Testimony offered to Senate Health and Welfare Committee opposing legislative approval of Kynect and Medicaid expansion

The following is an edited presentation of testimony offered by Bluegrass Institute CEO Jim Waters to the Kentucky Senate Health and Welfare Committee on April 11, 2016, in Frankfort. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I’m Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions at bipps.org. The Bluegrass Institute is a free-market think…

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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Executive-orders weapon a two-edged sword that cuts Kynect both ways

Gov. Steve Beshear in July 2012 issued an executive order creating Kynect, a state-run health insurance exchange heavily dependent on federal subsidies. Gov.-elect Matt Bevin in the 2015 gubernatorial campaign promised to undo – also by executive order – programs created by the misnamed Affordable Care Act, calling it “a disaster for Kentucky’s taxpayers.” Beshear…