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…

The economics behind the issues: Taxing the rich

In last week’s Bluegrass Beacon column – authored by our very own Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute – Waters argues against the sort of nanny-state policies which would keep low-skilled workers from accepting any wage they deem worthwhile for employment, and which would raise the tax burden ever higher on Kentucky’s most productive…