Statement from Bluegrass Institute CEO: HB 1 contains right ‘ghost government’ policy; give lawmakers time to make it even better

A statement from Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters: I recently wrote a Bluegrass Beacon column praising state Auditor Adam Edelen’s initiative to hold accountable more than 1,200 special taxing districts strung out across the commonwealth that handle $2.7 billion per year. (Remember what happened when groups like the Kentucky Association of Counties and Lexington’s…

Herald-Leader seeing the light

A recent editorial by the Lexington Herald-Leader hits on something that the Bluegrass Institute has been championing for years now: public pension transparency. Most of the piece focuses on funding the pension system’s substantial shortfall but at the end this point is made: Both systems lack transparency. Even though every taxpayer in Kentucky will contribute…

News release: KFC Yum! Center’s finances, lack of transparency distasteful to Kentucky taxpayers

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday, January 31, 2013 KFC Yum! Center’s finances, lack of transparency distasteful to Kentucky taxpayers (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Despite the fact that $649 million of the $1 billion price tag for downtown Louisville’s new KFC Yum! Center comes from taxpayers statewide, the arena’s Authority operates behind closed doors, according to a recent…

Kentucky’s colleges training too many elementary school teachers

Education Week just published an article about states where the college system is producing too many elementary school teachers for the available jobs (subscription?). Kentucky is an over-producer. Per EdWeek, Kentucky has a demand for 730 new elementary school teachers but the supply from colleges is 1,275. That means 545 Kentucky college graduates won’t have…