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,”…

LTE: Broadband building best left to private companies

The following Letter to the Editor was written by former Bluegrass Institute/Koch summer intern Elaina Waters and published in Saturday’s Lexington Herald-Leader. It offers a free-market perspective on government-owned broadband networks. For more on this issue, check out this recent Bluegrass Beacon column on why Lexington’s proposal to build and operate a government-owned broadband network…

Broadband by bureaucrats: High costs of high-speed failure

While some in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government consider it fashionable to build and operate a broadband network at taxpayers’ expense, citizens who take a moment to look at the price tag of similar outfits in other places should at least do some more price shopping before heading to the register. They may also want…

Bluegrass Beacon: Free-market ‘Bizarros’ attack company’s property rights during beer-policy debate

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, the new beer-distributor policy was passed by the Kentucky Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. One legislator said the beer distribution policy debate that recently brewed and boiled in the Kentucky House reminded him of comic-book episodes featuring Bizarro, the super villain…