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…