Victory Alert: Pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort!

Public pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort Legislation filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, requires the state’s public pension systems to finally open their books. Currently, information specific to individual Kentucky Retirement System members, including names and actual or projected payments, are confidential. The proposed policy in SB 57 would require the public…

Calling fouls on sour sweetheart deals and secret Senate meetings

By Jim Waters Though there always are those fighting for – and against – liberty throughout Kentucky, these two candidates finish on top of the latest edition of the Bluegrass Beacon’s “Liberty Lovers and Losers.” Liberty Lover: Louisville entrepreneur Denis Frankenberger While downtown Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center is popular with sports fans who pile in…

State school board told most low-performing schools not turning around

The subject of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) – which have been euphemistically renamed “Priority Schools” – came up in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I am still sifting through a large amount of information that was presented, but the overall summation of this expensive program is disappointing. Kentucky Department of Education…

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…