Kentucky House, Senate candidates asked to pledge support for pension transparency

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 28, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, is asking all candidates campaigning for General Assembly seats during this fall’s election to pledge support for bringing a greater level of transparency to Kentucky’s troubled public pension system. The Institute…

Bluegrass Beacon – Critically needed: New pension system for incoming teachers

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. The frustration expressed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer following Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s decision to strike down a pension-reform law cobbled together originally as Senate Bill…

Bluegrass Institute News Release – Pension Shock: How did we get here?

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (cell) or jwaters@freedomkentucky.com (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — With the Kentucky Supreme Court agreeing to a fast-track appeal of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that Senate Bill 151 passed in the closing days of this year’s legislative session was unconstitutional, pension reform will again…

Bluegrass Beacon: Judge hides behind black robe of procedure in pension case

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. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that pension-reform legislation passed on the 57th day of this year’s 60-day General Assembly session is unconstitutional because it allegedly didn’t get…

Bluegrass Beacon: Why the political war dance against pension reform?

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. The animosity shown by certain groups within the public-education sector toward Gov. Bevin and the legislature’s Republicans regarding their efforts at reforming the commonwealth’s ailing public pension systems…

Bluegrass Beacon: Minor-league fare abounds at ‘Super Bowl of Kentucky politics’

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. It’s hard to reconcile public radio’s assertion that this year’s Fancy Farm event in western Kentucky was “the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics” with the fact that some…

Bluegrass Beacon: Both parties scheme to soak taxpayers

In the closing days of this year’s session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Republican-dominated legislature overrode Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of its budget – which proposed spending $600 million more than the governor’s plan – and a mammoth tax increase to fund it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, Democratic Attorney…

Bluegrass Beacon: Intimidated conservatives lose focus

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. This column has been updated to reflect the override of Gov. Bevin’s vetoes of tax-and-spending measures. Changing a commonwealth long mired in poverty perpetuated by misguided policies designed…