Bluegrass Beacon: Kentucky’s new GOP ready to drain the swamp

Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, whose Republican caucus will control the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, made it clear: Frankfort should focus on policies that bring economic growth and employment opportunities to the Big Blue State. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who presides over a body that’s passed pro-growth bills by…

Rep. Jim Decesare on Workforce Problems in Kentucky

Although there has been scant coverage in the press, lately I have been hearing a fair amount of discussion in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere about skilled labor shortages. Our public education system is involved with this problem because large numbers of kids are currently getting high school diplomas but cannot demonstrate readiness for anything after…

Bluegrass Institute statement on today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge David Hale prohibiting county right-to-work ordinances: 

The following statement was issued by Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters following U.S. District Court Judge David Hale’s ruling prohibiting county right-to-work ordinances: Judge Hale’s ruling that federal law prevents Kentucky counties from implementing their own right-to-work ordinances not only pushes aside the will of the people as expressed through their Legislature, it completely negates the…

On KET tonight: Prevailing-wage mandates on public projects

  One week to the day after Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters’ Bluegrass Beacon column on the need to eliminate prevailing wage on school-construction projects was released to newspapers statewide, the Kentucky Senate voted 26-11 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school and university construction projects. While Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has declared Senate Bill 9 dead…

Another BIPPS policy advances: Senate committee votes 10-1 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school construction projects

The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee today ensured that legislation lowering the cost of school-construction projects by repealing prevailing-wage requirements is the first bill to reach the Senate floor. “For school districts, it’s going to save up to 51 percent off labor costs on construction projects,” Sen. Will Schroder, who sponsored Senate Bill 9, told…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…