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…

Higher taxes plus more spending equals deeper hole

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” Will Rogers advised. That wisdom seems particularly relevant as the big spenders in charge of Congress clamor to deepen the hole of America’s debt with a vote-buying package thinly disguised as another economic-stimulus parcel. Usually, such deepening of holes is accompanied by a lessening of perspective.…

MEDIA ALERT:  Residents should sign petition, put JCPS tax hike on November ballot

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 10, 2020    (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, urges all Jefferson County residents to sign the petition recalling a proposed property tax increase approved recently by the county’s school board and to demand the district reduce wasteful spending…

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…

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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Legislature should dump proposed fuel-tax hike

Every direction you turn at the Capitol these days the discussion centers on what rocks need overturning to find more revenue under the unproven – and categorically untrue – assumption that the 22 billion of Kentucky taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars collected during the current budget biennium fail to provide sufficient funding for necessary services citizens expect…