Will Kentucky settle for uneven opportunities in science for its children?

On September 11, 2013 the Kentucky Legislature’s Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee considers a regulation that makes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) the only set of science standards for every public school in Kentucky. This vote on regulation 704 KAR 3:303 is crucial. A favorable decision on NextGen Science will likely doom thousands of Kentucky’s…

(Audio) Jim Waters on WLAP: Cadillac pension benefits attract politicians to Frankfort for the wrong reasons

Listen as Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters highlights “Future Shock,” the recent series of Bluegrass Institute reports on Kentucky’s public pension system. Waters explains how Kentucky’s founders never meant for politicians to spend their career mooching off taxpayers in Frankfort. 

Herald-Leader editorial calls for Bluegrass Area Development District transparency

Transparency efforts seem to be a theme in Kentucky as of late. I, for one, like this trend and hope that it continues. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s editorial page called for Auditor Adam Edelen to look into the spending practices of the Bluegrass Area Development District. I don’t know many specifics about their reasoning other than…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: Post-Derby edition of ‘Bluegrass Mondays’ on the Mandy Connell Show on 84WHAS

Orbit spun to victory in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, but can Kentuckians succeed in regaining the lead from self-serving politicians and bureaucrats in the race for our commonwealth’s — and country’s — future? Join Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters for a post-Derby edition of  Bluegrass Mondays tomorrow on The Mandy Connell Show from 10 a.m. to…

Lawmakers’ choice: Take steps to reduce public-pension benefits and beneficiaries, or watch the system collapse

Some reporters claim: “Kentucky’s choice: Have a mental health agency close or further damage the pension fund?” But a question not being asked is: Why was a nonpublic agency like Seven County Services on the taxpayer-funded public pension plan in the first place? Why are there 1,701 agencies on the commonwealth’s pension dole, including a private credit union with…