News Release: New report recommends education savings accounts to personalize learning for Kentucky students

For Immediate Release: Monday, Oct. 12   Contact: Jim Waters 270-320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – A new report released today by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, reveals how education savings accounts (ESAs) are empowering parents to customize their children’s education to unprecedented levels. The concept behind ESAs is simple.…

Liberty’s boosters & busters, courtesy of the Kentucky Legislature

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, telecom reform passed both the House and Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” comes your way courtesy of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. A “Liberty Booster” is a policymaker who offers an…

Right-to-work update: 10 percent of Ky counties pass at least first readings of ordinances; site selectors reach out to Warren County

So far, 10 percent of Kentucky’s counties have held at least a first reading on a local right-to-work ordinance. Six counties have passed final readings and are beginning to reap the benefits that having a right-to-work policy brings, including being contacted by site selectors concerning company expansions and re-locations. Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce…

Wanna know more about school choice? Check out these highlights from recent BIPPS blog series on six kinds of educational liberty

The Bluegrass Institute participated in this year’s fifth annual National School Choice Week event with a Bluegrass Beacon column and a daily blog series that offered snapshots of most types of school choice. Some highlights: Sunday: “A series of reports by Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard G. Innes reveal that while Kentucky’s political and…

Fulton County ignores union threats, Frankfort’s political squabbles and passes right-to-work

The Fulton County Fiscal Court on Dec. 30 unanimously passed Kentucky’s third local right-to-work ordinance. Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters and outgoing Fulton Co. Judge-Executive David Gallagher (right) encouraged magistrates to ignore threats by union lawyers and bosses as well as the political squabbles of anti-right-to-work politicians in Frankfort and the false claims of Big…

Bluegrass Beacon: ‘We’re hard workers and we do have a right to work’

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who campaigned frequently in Kentucky for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes, initially urged voters on Oct. 24 to reject the notion “that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs” – a theory “that has been tried, that has failed” and that “has failed rather spectacularly”— only to walk it back…