Concerns about personal student data breaches go big time

Real cases of student data compromises reported There is real, growing concern about the way sensitive personal data is being collected and stored on government computer systems. Already in the new Kentucky legislative session, House Bill 5 has been introduced to tighten rules for collection and security of personal data across all state agencies. This…

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.”…

Bill introduced to eliminate the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards in Kentucky

House Bill 215, which would eliminate the use of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Kentucky, was introduced last week in the Kentucky legislature. The bill description in the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s web site says: “Create a new section to KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit the…

USA Today Publishes BIPPS: Opposing Cigarette Tax Increases

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters was asked to provide the Opposing View for Thursday’s lead editorial in USA Today. He makes the case against raising cigarette taxes to reduce smoking rates. “Education, making smoking less culturally acceptable and appealing to citizens’ personal responsibility have been effective in reducing smoking, particularly among the young,” he writes.…