How should we measure ‘productivity’ in the legislature?

A productive legislature is one that does … what, exactly? The Washington Post today argues that Congress is about to wrap up one of its least “productive” sessions in recent memory. The headline on Bob Pershing’s column reads, “In 2011, fewer bills, fewer laws and plenty of blame.” Pershing writes Regardless of whether you want…

Taxpayers on the hook for part-time pensions?

In the Lexington Herald-Leader’s watchdog series, Bill Estep printed a story Sunday about Kentucky taxpayers funding hundreds of part time pensions for city council members all over the state. Funding part-time pensions with taxpayer dollars is something that will only receive more attention in the months and years to come. Governments at all levels across the…

Blast from a past ‘Bluegrass Beacon’ column: Beauty and the gambling beast

This from an August 2007 Bluegrass Beacon column, “Beauty and the gambling beast” about then-gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear’s wager on expanded gambling to fix Kentucky’s fiscal woes seemed appropriate about now, since the issue is back.   If I was still wearing my reporter’s hat, I expect an interview with the candidate would go something like this:…

Election day changes nothing for BIPPS

Today is election day so make sure you get to the polls to vote. With that said, regardless of the outcome of these contests, The Bluegrass Institute will continue the same focus and dedication to pushing for transparency & accountability, free-markets, personal freedom, and limited government that we always have. Kentuckians deserve to have a…