The Peril of Compromise

My friend (and occasional former boss at LEO) Rep. John Yarmuth has a letter in today’s Courier-Journal stressing his desire for more compromise in Congress. In it, he praises his colleague, House Speaker John Boehner, but implores him to give some ground on some of his views rooted in ideology, particularly those ideological commitments that…

NKAPC stonewalls institute’s open-records request to find out more about bloated agency’s finances

The bloated Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission doesn’t seem overjoyed with the Bluegrass Institute’s request last week to find out more about how it records its finances. An open-records request was filed by Logan Morford, the institute’s vice president of transparency. Lori Remley, NKAPC’s administrative assistant, responded with the generally helpful spirit of your typical…

NKAPC meeting tomorrow @ Dixie Heights H.S.

For all Bluegrass Institute supporters in Northern Kentucky: A public meeting regarding the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County. Marcus Carey reports on his Bluegrass Bulletin blog that Kenton County Attorney Gary (Can anyone say ‘conflict of interest?’) Edmondson, whose private firm…

Lieutenant Governor candidates duke it out this evening

Tonight on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight”, Kentucky’s lieutenant governor hopefuls will make the case for why their ticket is the one to vote for. KET is taking questions via Twitter. This is a great opportunity to ask how, if elected, these candidates will help promote free-markets, improve transparency in Kentucky government, and protect the individual rights…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS on WLAP

President and CEO Phil Moffett will talk “Future Shock” today on “The Pulse” with Leland Conway on Lexington’s NewsRadio 630WLAP-AM. “Future Shock” is the Bluegrass Institute’s newest research project that shines the light on Kentucky’s public pension system. “The Pulse” with Leland Conway airs weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (eastern). Listen in at wlap.com.…

An Unsustainable Path: The Past and Future of Kentucky Medicaid Spending

Kentucky Medicaid is on an unsustainable path. Its expansive spending growth over the past 25 years has put increased pressure on state and federal budgets. Medicaid has failed to fulfill the goal of improved health for most of its recipients. The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) did not enact any fundamental reforms in Medicaid…

Bluegrass Institute report: Private groups gorging at state pension trough

State workers at politically connected private agencies eligible for taxpayer-funded retirement, health care benefits For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Oct.11, 2011 Contact: Jim Waters at 270-782-2140 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute policy brief shows that hundreds of workers at a multitude of agencies – including some private organizations – are feeding at Kentucky’s taxpayer-funded…