General Assembly forms Pension Task Force

It is no secret that Kentucky’s public pension system is in crisis. Today, initial steps toward solving the crisis were taken. The Kentucky General Assembly passed a resolution to: Establish the Kentucky Public Pensions Task Force; provide that the purpose of the task force is to study issues regarding Kentucky’s state-administered pension funds and to…

Bluegrass Institute calls for removal of armed guard, more transparency in state budget negotiations

For immediate release Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Contact: Jim Waters 270-782-2140   (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute called on the state’s political leaders today to increase access to the room where critical budget negotiations are being held today. The hallway leading to Room 131 of the Capitol Annex, where the state budget conference committee is…

State Integrity Investigation rates Kentucky as a ‘C-‘

A recent investigation by State Integrity graded all 50 states on transparency, accountability, and corruption found Kentucky with a poor grade of ‘C-‘. Not good. From stateintegrity.org …the State Integrity Investigation, a first-of-its-kind, data-driven assessment of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms in all 50 states. Not a single state — not one — earned an A…

Condensed list of health care reforms

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors has compiled a condensed timeline of scheduled health care reforms that make up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or “Obamacare”. Every citizen should take note of these changes to health care. This legislation will affect every American. Here are a couple that jumped out at me:…

Transparency: It’s about holding government accountable, not fishing expeditions to harass private businesses

We have written previously about House Bill 496, which would protect companies who do business with the government from being subject to Open Records rules. The bill filed by Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, is a response to an attorney in his district who apparently is using an earlier attorney general’s ruling to harass private companies. After…