Bluegrass Beacon — Change the culture of secrecy: Pledge transparency

A recent S&P Global Ratings survey declares that the commonwealth where Lincoln was born now has the nation’s worst pension crisis, a distinction previously held by neighboring Illinois, known as the Land of Lincoln. The only ones who can ultimately apply the prescription needed to fix what S&P describes as a $31.2 billion shortfall will…

Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to support pension transparency

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters offered the following prepared testimony supporting making individual public retirees’ benefits transparent at a recent meeting of the Public Pension Oversight Board in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort: I would like to thank the members of the Public Pension Oversight Board for the invitation to participate in this meeting today.…

News release: Dozens sign Bluegrass Institute’s transparency pledge

Pledge shows support for legislative pension-system transparency, gives citizens another accountability tool and opens the door to future reforms For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) —  Nearly 70 incumbents and candidates for state House and Senate seats vowed support for open, accessible and accountable government by signing…

Legislators, candidates invited to sign pension-transparency pledge

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376   (LEXINGTON, Ky.)  — The Bluegrass Institute recently mailed a copy of its newly created Legislative Pension Transparency Pledge to all incumbent lawmakers as well as to legislators and candidates campaigning for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly during this year’s election. The…

BIPPS op-ed: Pension transparency does not violate privacy laws

An op-ed by Bluegrass Institute board member Aaron Ammerman in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader takes issue with recent claims by members of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees that making the commonwealth’s public pension system transparent would violate state and federal privacy laws. “The statement that federal privacy laws prohibit the disclosure of this information…