Prescription-drug policy: Don’t give the FDA power over standards for biosimilar medicine

While Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco has received a large share of attention regarding the suite of healthcare proposals currently being considered in the U.S. Senate, other issues affecting cost and access to health care – including for prescription drugs – must be carefully…

The folly of fiber in Forbes

In 2015, Google announced its intention to work with the city of Louisville to install Google Fiber in order to improve internet speeds for Louisvillians. Since the beginning, the process has been a mess of closed doors and bureaucracy. Recently, Louisville’s problem was nationally recognized on Forbes’ website. Commentator Steve Pociask discusses the proposal to bring high-speed…

Bluegrass Beacon: This Bud’s distributorship is for Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch LLC wants to purchase Budweiser of Owensboro, an independent distributorship  owned by the Hand family. The Hand family wants to sell. However, opponents claim that allowing the transfer of the distributorship license would violate the three-tiered system – a special set of rules established following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 to regulate the…

On KET Monday night: BIPPS scholar, president discuss minimum wage

Brian Strow, a Western Kentucky University economics professor and a member of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars, will  join Institute president Jim Waters and host Bill Goodman on Kentucky Tonight, KET’s statewide television public-affairs program, Monday at 8 pm EDT to address the minimum wage. Thomas More College economics professor Malcolm Robinson and Kentucky…

Kentucky’s business unfriendly tax codes cause loss of businesses

The Bluegrass Institute has cautioned before that Kentucky’s lack of modern, business-friendly tax codes puts the state at a disadvantage in competing for business to settle here. It’s not just theory. Yesterday’s Kentucky Enquirer had a front page/inside article, “Fear of losing startups may lead Ky. to offer tax credits, Ohio incentives already snagged OneMorePallet.”…

Bluegrass Beacon: Yes, Kentucky, the free market really works

What do Mimi Pickering, Pope Francis and big-government politicians fervently committed to ideas proven unworkable have in common? They claim: We tried private, free enterprise and it didn’t work. The pope unleashes fire and brimstone toward those who “continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably…