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…