Calling fouls on sour sweetheart deals and secret Senate meetings

By Jim Waters Though there always are those fighting for – and against – liberty throughout Kentucky, these two candidates finish on top of the latest edition of the Bluegrass Beacon’s “Liberty Lovers and Losers.” Liberty Lover: Louisville entrepreneur Denis Frankenberger While downtown Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center is popular with sports fans who pile in…

Herald-Leader seeing the light

A recent editorial by the Lexington Herald-Leader hits on something that the Bluegrass Institute has been championing for years now: public pension transparency. Most of the piece focuses on funding the pension system’s substantial shortfall but at the end this point is made: Both systems lack transparency. Even though every taxpayer in Kentucky will contribute…

Big raises + big benefits = big problem in Senate President’s office

Before leaving office recently to accept a circuit judgeship, former Senate President David Williams doled out raises of as much as 14 percent to staff members. Williams raised Chief of Staff Rebecca Harilson’s salary 5 percent to $113,712 — up from $108,288. While it may be of interest that Harilson now makes $5,000 more a year than the lieutenant…

Louisville carries over half of Kentucky’s unfunded pension liabilities

As previously reported, Kentucky faces a massive pension crisis statewide. Mayors from Louisville to Lexington have called for legislators to implement major reform across the entire commonwealth during the 2013 legislative session. But Tuesday, Pew Charitable Trusts came out with a report that breaks the issue down city by city. And as for cities in Kentucky, Louisville…