PODCAST: Jim Waters talks transparency, armed guards with Heartland

Jim Waters, President of The Bluegrass Institute, sat down for a conversation with the Heartland Institute about recent transparency troubles in the Kentucky General Assembly. Listen here. This is particularly timely as the Lexington Herald-Leader praised the General Assemblyfor how open its budget negotiations were during this session. Jim accurately describes why that is not…

Don’t laugh too hard, Kentucky

The Kentucky Post’s surviving web presence, KYPost.com (the Kentucky Post newspaper folded several years ago), posted this item about a math-challenged Idaho woman several days ago. The story concerns a video-gone-viral of a woman struggling with a very simple time/speed/distance math problem. Over four million have logged into You Tube to watch this compelling example…

Kentucky shows improvement recently in high school graduation rates

WFPL and others are reporting about a new study from America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations released Monday on education performance around the country. The study shows that Kentucky and 11 other states contributed significantly to the overall increase in the national average high school graduation rate between 2002 and 2009. WFPL says Kentucky’s…

Thank you, SCAAC!

Most of you are probably wondering, “What in the world is SCAAC?” That’s not surprising. This little-known education committee, composed of volunteers, was officially titled the “School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council” when it was created by legislative act in 1998. Most people just refer to the council by its initials. Pronounced, the abbreviation rhymes…

Chiropractor bill puts health insurers out of alignment

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Contact: Jim Waters, 270-782-2140                                                                                 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A proposal that would drive up insurance costs for Kentucky businesses and consumers by mandating higher reimbursement rates for chiropractors – rates that would be set by an unelected bureaucrat – is unsound public policy and should be rejected by…