Bluegrass Beacon: Anti-right-to-work candidate’s confusing contradictions

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. I’ve been considering adding “witness a 50-percent turnout at Kentucky polls in a midterm election” to my bucket list. We may get close reaching that turnout number on…

Where does California’s STEM workforce come from? Not US schools

California is the land of high tech innovation, but according to the San Francisco area based Mercury News, “Immigrants are 42 percent of California’s STEM workforce.” If you have not kept up with education fad acronyms, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in other words, all the “stuff” that high tech comes…

Anti-right-to-work zealots need a new act

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicates statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Like comedian Kathy Griffin, who despicably held up a simulation of President Donald Trump’s head, leaders of the anti-right-to-work movement desperately need new material. In fact, they…

State looks for legal help to examine JCPS collective bargaining agreements

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is now advertising for legal help to dig into collective bargaining contracts with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) as part of the department’s ongoing and massive management audit of this troubled school system. According to the Courier, the KDE “…said it wants an analysis as…

Bluegrass Beacon: Right-to-work means more jobs – in suits and boots

In a single day during the first week of the legislative session — not to speak of the entire week itself — Bowling Green Rep. Jim DeCesare’s Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee did more to bring meaningful growth to Kentucky than the former Democratically controlled House did in 95 years. While labor-union representatives filled…

News release: It’s a new day in My Old Kentucky Home

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 7, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Legislators today in a historic Saturday session replaced the “Closed for Business” signs that had kept opportunity out of the Bluegrass State with an unmistakable statement that the commonwealth is now “Open for Business” by passing legislation making Kentucky the…