UPDATED: List of KYTC single-bid contracts by contractor.

We reported earlier this week our findings of single-bid contracts awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet from October 2019 to April 2020. The single-bid awards over the six-month period totaled $186,880,616. Eighteen companies were awarded a total of sixty-four single-bid contracts. Ten companies secured multiple single-bid awards. Eight companies secured one single-bid contract each. Mountain…

BIPPS Analysis: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded $186.9 million in single bid contracts over six-month period

In a letter to the interim State Government Committee, the Bluegrass Institute shared the findings of an analysis that from October 2019 to April 2020 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded $186,880,616 in single-bid construction and maintenance contracts. Sixty-four single-bid contracts were awarded over the six month period. Eighteen contractors were awarded projects in forty-six counties through…

Historic unemployment, struggling families won’t deter the higher gas-tax crowd

There’s an obscure statute in Kentucky law that requires a special legislative session if spending reductions required to balance the budget exceed ten percent. Despite meeting this threshold, Spectrum News reported yesterday the Governor and General Assembly have agreed a special session won’t be necessary to resolve the gap between revenues and expenditures in Kentucky’s…

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.…