Daily News reports on Medicaid study, Beshear’s claims that managed-care deals are near

The Bowling Green Daily News reported on the Bluegrass Institute’s recently released study warning that Kentucky’s Medicaid program is facing a crisis and needs reform. The study, authored by University of Kentucky economics professor John Garen, offers both an evaluation of the impact that Medicaid’s explosive growth has had on the nation and on Kentucky,…

Jefferson County teachers taking taxpayers to the cleaners?

Across the state, newspapers and newscasts are alive with stories of school districts having to cut back on staff. However, in teachers-union-dominated Jefferson County, the teachers are taking cash-strapped taxpayers to the cleaners. The Courier-Journal reports that Jefferson County Public Schools teachers will get a 2.5 percent pay raise this coming school year. That’s really…

Beshear takes bow for best teachers union supporter

The National Education Association awarded Gov. Beshear with its 2011 America’s Greatest Education Governor Award. But was this award for supporting teachers unions or outstanding achievement in Kentucky’s education performance? “Gov. Beshear has shown unwavering support for Kentucky’s students and educators,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the NEA. “He championed quality preschool programs –…

Caverna Independent’s school board owes an explanation

The latest round of inflation in superintendent evaluations continues with the Caverna Independent School Board providing “high marks” to their superintendent. According to the Glasgow Daily Times: “The school board evaluated him (the superintendent) in 10 areas: leadership and district culture, policy and governance, communications/community relations, organizational management, curriculum planning development, instructional leadership, human resource…

Bluegrass Beacon: Medicaid needs a strong dose of competition

Medicaid is on an unsustainable path towards fiscal disaster, putting Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens at risk. Today, two out of three children on Medicaid are denied appointments with specialists, compared to only one in 10 privately-insured children. Without essential, sweeping reform, Medicaid will continue wasting Kentucky’s resources on a grossly over-expanded enrollee base while failing…