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…

Bluegrass Institute offers 16-step path to reforming Kentucky’s public pension system

(Frankfort, Ky.) – A pathway to pension reform released today by the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free market think tank, highlights critical steps state lawmakers need to take to rescue the state workers’ retirement plans from future insolvency and put it on the road to recovery. “Future Shock Solutions: 16 steps to treat Kentucky’s public pension ailment”…

Union issues in Louisville have impeded reforms in low-achieving schools

The Courier-Journal reports that a letter from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday to the Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS) directly identifies confusion over union contract issues as a roadblock to making badly needed changes in the school district’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs). Holliday says that “perception issues” on the part of teachers in…