Bluegrass Beacon: Smoking-ban ruling impedes ‘ascendance of a fourth branch of government – the regulatory state’

There’s nothing like a massive sinkhole opening up and swallowing eight prized sports cars at the National Corvette Museum to increase ticket sales. Attendance at the Bowling Green attraction is up by as much as 70 percent during some recent months compared to a year ago. And, there’s nothing like a ruling by the Kentucky…

Post-election analysis: Get government out of the way

In his post-election analysis (by phone) on Bowling Green’s NewsTalk 93 WKCT’s Drive Time with host Chad Young, Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters opined that our future hope as a country and commonwealth will be found in individual Americans exercising their freedom, not the status of any particular politician. Listen here. (:21) In fact, it really was not our founders’…

Kentuckians overwhelmingly say ‘no’ to using state funds to renovate Rupp

Independent-minded Kentuckians don’t take too kindly to a governor and an unelected bureaucratic “project manager” trying to extract $80 million from taxpayers statewide to fund the proposed renovation of Rupp Arena. These same Kentuckians also don’t seem to be swayed by Gov. Beshear’s weak “Louisville got one, so Lexington gets one, too” argument. Perhaps they…

House GOP leader: ‘Political fear’dominated 2014 General Assembly

While I’m not sure that having a “lackluster” legislative session is the worst thing that could happen to taxpayers, House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, is right in noting that “political fear” dominated this year’s Kentucky General Assembly. Many important issues, including several mentioned by Hoover – telecom reform, right-to-work, prevailing wage, tax reform, the public-partnership…

On the air: BIPPS president Jim Waters on ‘Kentucky Tonight’…tonight!

Join Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters tonight on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. Jim joins host Bill Goodman a panel of guests discussing the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Also appearing will be Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates; Dave Adkisson, president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Chamber…

Time to make AG’s use of private law firms transparent

A long-overdue legislative proposal in the Kentucky State Senate would shine the light on the Kentucky Attorney General’s use of private law firms to harass businesses and individuals. Current law allows the Kentucky Attorney General to hire private attorneys to engage in legal battles. This practice not only wrongly gives private law firms the powers…

BIPPS scholar analyzes governor’s tax plan in Courier-Journal

“What Kentucky needs is a sound budget complete with tax reform that stimulates job growth,” writes Brian Strow, Ph.D., BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at Western Kentucky University and member of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars. In his op-ed in Wednesday’s Louisville Courier-Journal, Strow offers comment on Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax-reform proposal with…