Lexington mayor talks “unsustainable” pensions

“Thorny” and “out of control” are the words that Lexington Mayor Jim Gray used to describe the city’s pension situation. Uh oh. In a recent interview with WUKY, Gray explains how the city’s annual required contribution to the pension system has increased by 400% over the past decade and describes this is as “unsustainable”. He…

Standing firm against Rx mandates for decongestants

A dominant issue during this year’s legislative session was whether legislation was needed requiring a prescription in order to purchase products containing pseudoephedrine, and whether such a law would stop criminals from using it to make the drug methamphetamine. The Bluegrass Institute opposed this draconian proposal. Forcing people with the cold or flu to go…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: New BIPPS pension report author Lowell Reese joins Joe Elliott this afternoon

Lowell Reese, author of “Future Shock: Kentucky Politiicans’ Opulent Pensions Have Become a Modern-Day Gold Rush,” a new report by the Bluegrass Institute, will join award winning talk-show host on “The Joe Elliott Show” on 970 WGTK-AM today at 1 p.m. (EDT). “The Joe Elliott Show” is broadcast weekdays from Noon to 3 p.m. EDT.…

Over-regulation hurts mid to lower-income workers, says the Institute for Justice

This week our very own Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute, hosted “The Afternoon Show” on Lexington’s WLAP. During the broadcast, Waters had the opportunity to interview Dick Carpenter, co-author of the Institute for Justice’s recently released report entitled “License to Work” – a study that compares occupational licensing burdens across the states. Kentucky’s occupational…