Sarah Durand’s testimony on U of L bail out of Jewish Hospital

Yesterday, Government Affairs Director Sarah Durand testified before the KY State Senate Education Committee against bonding $35 million for the University of Louisville Hospital to buy out failing Jewish Hospital. Here is a transcript of Durand’s comments: The Bluegrass Institute understands that this deal was crafted with leadership long before the legislative session began. And,…

Bluegrass Beacon: Retrofit Kentucky’s odd, off-year elections

Another of Kentucky’s off-year primary elections, complete with a poor – if somewhat better-than-expected – turnout and the completely unnecessary and wasteful spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, has come and gone. While 45 other states elect governors in even-numbered years when presidential or congressional candidates are on the ballot, Kentucky continues to suffer a…

Who voted to raise your taxes and protect wasteful spending?

The Republican-controlled Kentucky House and Senate voted during this year’s General Assembly session to override their fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of nearly a half-billion in tax-and-spending increases. Some who voted for the overrides point to an analysis by a Washington, D.C., group claiming that making the income tax a flat 5 percent – as House…

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…

Go figure

The Rural Blog reported on November 30, 2017 that “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1.” You have to wonder about that. The Appalachian Regional Commission shows this region includes the following area. Louisville isn’t even in the Kentucky-Tennessee-West…