We’ve seen this parade of horribles before … and it’s not the crisis portrayed by the Left

Kentucky’s big-government crowd marched out their familiar parade of horribles this week, painting a picture of out-of-work teachers, devastated communities and an economic depression unless Congress rides to the rescue with another trillion-dollar stimulus to prop up state budgets. If their predictions ever came to pass, it would be a bleak picture indeed. But it’s…

MEDIA ALERT: Former Deputy State Budget and Policy Director joins Bluegrass Institute team as Visiting Fellow

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions announced today that former Deputy State Budget and Policy Director Andrew V. McNeill will join the institute as a Visiting Policy Fellow focused on Kentucky’s budget, revenue and spending in the current COVID-19 environment. “There’s going to be…

Recommendations for a taxpayer-friendly COVID-19 legislative finale offering promise for post-virus recovery

With the Kentucky General Assembly returning to its work today, the Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to make their sole constitutional obligation of passing a balanced budget their top priority. Now isn’t the time to raise taxes and increase spending. There will already be enough of that occurring at both the federal and state levels to…

Lawmakers give teachers’ pension fund an extra $1B instead of awarding it to ailing KERS

The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee led by Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, recently unveiled its version of the KY budget for the next two fiscal years. Despite what the teachers’ unions and media would have you believe, the Senate version of the budget fully funded the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) with no strings attached.…

Sarah Durand’s testimony on U of L bail out of Jewish Hospital

Yesterday, Government Affairs Director Sarah Durand testified before the KY State Senate Education Committee against bonding $35 million for the University of Louisville Hospital to buy out failing Jewish Hospital. Here is a transcript of Durand’s comments: The Bluegrass Institute understands that this deal was crafted with leadership long before the legislative session began. And,…

Ousted KBE members take stand; hospital ruse offers ‘myopic malarkey’

This General Assembly edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters begins with Kentuckians who, while neither bureaucrats nor politicians, care enough about the future of our commonwealth to take a principled stand against an unfair and destructive policy. Liberty Boosters: Most of the former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members are teaming up with the Bluegrass…

Who voted to raise your taxes and protect wasteful spending?

The Republican-controlled Kentucky House and Senate voted during this year’s General Assembly session to override their fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of nearly a half-billion in tax-and-spending increases. Some who voted for the overrides point to an analysis by a Washington, D.C., group claiming that making the income tax a flat 5 percent – as House…