News Release: Bluegrass Institute’s campaign for education accountability gains support of state leaders

(Frankfort, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute supports efforts announced this week by the Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday and State Auditor Adam Edelen to bring transparency to the school superintendent evaluation and compensation process. In a joint news conference on Thursday, Holliday and Edelen announced their intention to require school superintendent contracts, evaluations and…

Edelen’s ‘ghost government’ efforts could create millions of new auditors

By Jim Waters American revolutionary James Otis gets credit for saying: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Whoever said it, those words ring just as true here today in Kentucky as they did in 18th century colonial Massachusetts. Thankfully, State Auditor Adam Edelen also is demonstrating his belief in this founding principle with his initiative to…

Auditor’s office helps move transparency in the right direction

This week, Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen made great strides toward promoting transparency in Kentucky. From the press release: Auditor Adam Edelen today unveiled a public database and accompanying report that shine new light on special districts, a $2.7 billion layer of government in the Commonwealth that has operated in the shadows for decades. The auditor’s…

Warning: Look out special taxing districts

Transparency is moving forward in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen announced earlier this year that his office would conduct a fact-finding mission to bring accountability to special taxing districts in Kentucky, which involve entities from water and sewer districts to libraries. At a recent Governors Local Issues Conference, Edelen restated his strong commitment to this…

News Alert: Institute supports auditor’s effort to shine the light on special taxing districts operating ‘in the pitch black dark’

Districts responsible for between $500 million and $1.5 billion in taxpayer money     (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute publicly stated support this week for a new fact-finding mission initiated by state Auditor Adam Edelen to shed light on Kentucky’s special taxing districts. “We don’t know how these districts are governed, how they collect…