(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…

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…