News Release – BIPPS to feds: Continue supporting Ky’s Medicaid waiver

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of the Section 1115 Medicaid waiver submitted by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration that strives to move able-bodied adults from welfare to work, thus removing them…

PAUSE Act a responsible approach toward reforming the 340B drug pricing program

With 340B being back in the news and with beneficial legislation in the works, I wanted to take the opportunity to reshare my thoughts. The 340B program, a well-intentioned program which, through bureaucratic tinkering, has gone off the rails, primarily due to a lack of oversight and transparency, is back in the news. Created in…

Kentucky Board of Education’s special meeting raises serious open meetings questions

The April 17, 2018 special meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education that culminated in the resignation of Commissioner Stephen Pruitt was marred by several open meetings violations. It was not an auspicious beginning for the board’s “different direction.” Some of the violations were indisputable, like the board’s failure to vote on the motion to…

News Alert: Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government asks court to affirm public access to lawmakers’ meetings

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 23, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government is asking the Franklin Circuit Court to uphold an attorney general’s decision that a closed meeting of the state House of Representatives at which a taxpayer-funded study of Kentucky’s retirement systems was discussed violated the commonwealth’s Open Meetings…

Curing the winter doldrums: a week-long celebration of sunshine

  Sunday, March 11, marks the first day of Sunshine Week 2018. Each year since 2005, when the week-long event was inaugurated by the  American Society of News Editors, the media, government watchdogs and ordinary citizens have celebrated the importance and impact of open government. The celebration takes various forms across the country — including…

When transparency becomes an inconvenience, legislate!

In October 2017, we reported on a decision issued by the Kentucky attorney general in an open meetings dispute between The State Journal and the Finance and Administration Cabinet. The dispute centered on a State Journal reporter’s unsuccessful attempts to learn the identities of the members of the Capital Plaza Redevelopment Project Built-to-Suit Selection Committee…