Lower the price of Kentucky’s legislature

Once again, we have a special legislative session. And once again, newspapers trot out that special session legislative days cost tens of thousands of dollars. So what? As I’ve noted before, regular legislative session days are close to 18 times more expensive than special session days. In that post, I offered to correct my calculation…

General Assembly forms Pension Task Force

It is no secret that Kentucky’s public pension system is in crisis. Today, initial steps toward solving the crisis were taken. The Kentucky General Assembly passed a resolution to: Establish the Kentucky Public Pensions Task Force; provide that the purpose of the task force is to study issues regarding Kentucky’s state-administered pension funds and to…

Herald-Leader should look at prevailing-wage policies

A recent letter to the editor sent to the Lexington Herald-Leader: The March 25 editorial “University’s presidential pay erodes trust” has the right fire with regards to taking on wasteful spending. Unfortunately, it is sorely misplaced. Rather than taking on the increase (granted, significant) in the university president’s salary, the Lexington Herald-Leader should focus on…

‘Medicaid managed care blues’

A recent article about Medicaid managed care in Kentucky features quotes and research by Bluegrass Institute scholar Dr. John Garen. The article titled “Medicaid Managed Care Blues in the Bluegrass State” by Kenneth Artz is a great overview of the situation that Kentucky now faces. It is no secret that Kentucky’s Medicaid program faces significant…

State plane to travel to SEC tourney, ‘visit friends’?

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters was quoted in a Lexington Herald-Leader story about how Governor Steve Beshear used a state plan to travel to the SEC basketball tournament followed by a trip to Florida so that first lady Jane Beshear could “visit friends.” Jim Waters, president of Bluegrass Institute, which promotes free-market capitalism and smaller…