Note to self: ‘Kentucky cannot tax, borrow and spend its way to the Promised Land’

(This article was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Monday, May 27, 2013) By Brian Strow, Ph.D. Jason Bailey, a member of the Governor’s Tax Reform Commission, argued that Kentucky needs to take “bold revenue action” to fund increased government spending. (Ky. Voices: Tax reform essential to Kentucky’s future, May 4). Bailey is correct that…

Video: BIPPS talks public employee pension reform on KET’s Kentucky Tonight

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters joined a panel discussion about how much progress was really made toward public pension reform during the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly. (click on the image below to view the video)                       Read more about solutions to Kentucky’s public pension crisis.

Action Alert: We need your help on KET tonight!

The state’s public pension crisis takes center stage on statewide television tonight! Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will appear as part of a panel on KET’s Kentucky Tonight discussing how much, if any, progress was made toward repairing Kentucky’s damaged and woefully underfunded public pension system. Joining Jim on the panel will be Bryan Sunderland,…

When it comes to public pension reform, a little dab will NOT do ya’

Sometimes the truth IS scary. A recent call to action by the Bluegrass Institute drew some fire because some believed that we did not tell the whole story about legislators who voted against HB 299. In fact, we were accused of fear mongering. The truth is, Kentucky’s public pension crisis is worthy of fear as it is…

The Economics Behind the Issues: The Dependency Trap

At this month’s Citizen Education Seminar on Kentucky’s economic competitiveness, jointly hosted by the Bluegrass Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University,  John Garen, Ph.D., economics professor at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Bluegrass Institute’s Board of Scholars, discussed the “dependency trap” which the commonwealth has fallen so deeply into. In…