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…

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…