Bluegrass Beacon – Free employers: Reduce regulatory cesspool

Only 15 states perform more poorly than Kentucky on CNBC’s annual ranking of business climates based on 10 categories, including workforce, infrastructure and education. It’s not a coincidence that the two states ranking highest overall among Kentucky’s neighbors – Virginia (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 16) – also rate much higher than the Bluegrass State…

Bluegrass Beacon – Bathrooms to broadband: Government control is out of control

Are Washington’s policies these days regarding everything from bathrooms to broadband intentionally designed to systematically trash the constitutionally protected power of states, local governments and even the people themselves? Maybe. Maybe not. Whatever the intentions, those are the results. Where, for example, does the U.S. Constitution even remotely allow a president enthroned in Washington to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Send proposed public-private legislation down the road

Public-private partnerships usually prove harmless to taxpayers on projects like expanding student housing at the University of Kentucky. However, “P3s” have been disastrous on numerous highway schemes where accurate traffic projections and accompanying estimates of toll revenue needed to pay for the roads are much-more difficult to come by than calculating how many students will…

Bluegrass Beacon: Tear down Ky’s occupational licensing walls

A White House report on oppressive occupational licensing requirements reads more like it came from a Rand Paul administration than the current President’s coal-hating crew. “There is evidence that licensing requirements raise the price of goods and services, restrict employment opportunities, and make it more difficult for workers to take their skills across state lines,”…