Bluegrass Beacon: School-choice opponents’ hypocrisy unmasked

What’s good is that school-choice policy dominated much of the closing days of this year’s gubernatorial campaign. It’s a critical issue for Kentucky, which trails most other states when it comes to school-choice policies for parents. What’s not good is that Gov.-elect Andy Beshear seems just fine with supporting organizations and policies that oppose giving…

Bevin’s former campaign communications director joins Bluegrass Institute team

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, welcomes Sarah Durand as its Government Affairs Director and Digital Marketing Strategist. Durand formerly served as communications director on the campaigns of Gov. Matt Bevin and Angela Leet. “Sarah’s talent, experience…

Bluegrass Beacon: Both parties scheme to soak taxpayers

In the closing days of this year’s session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Republican-dominated legislature overrode Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of its budget – which proposed spending $600 million more than the governor’s plan – and a mammoth tax increase to fund it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, Democratic Attorney…

News release: New board, reform-minded commissioner offer optimism for closing gaps, improving Ky’s education performance

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Board of Education named Wayne D. Lewis Jr., executive director of Education Policy and Programs in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, as the commonwealth’s interim education commissioner today. Lewis, Ph.D., replaces Stephen Pruitt, who in September 2015 was unanimously approved as the sixth education commissioner in Kentucky’s history.…

Bluegrass Beacon — Kentucky to the ‘trade deficit’: You’re fired!

Considering the Bluegrass State last year exported $30 billion worth of goods and services – more than 33 other states – Kentuckians should vigorously oppose anything remotely associated with a “war on trade.” American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry rated the share of Kentucky’s economy in 2015 linked to imports and exports fifth-highest in the…