Bluegrass Institute unveils innovative pension paradigm, new website for reforming Ky’s retirement systems

For Immediate Release: February 5, 2019 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions (BIPPS), the commonwealth’s first and only free-market think tank, today launched KentuckyPensionTruth.com, a website dedicated to publishing Kentucky public pension research along with serving as a clearinghouse for local and national news and commentary regarding government-run retirement systems. The…

Bluegrass Beacon: Union contracts squeeze school districts’ flexibility

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Those who’ve convinced themselves that teachers’ union contracts don’t affect how flexible, innovative and ultimately successful school districts are in educating future generations also likely believe Russia colluded…

News Release – JCPS-union contract: ‘Business as usual will mean failure as usual’

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute will be watching closely to see whether a new collective bargaining agreement between the Jefferson County Public Schools and its teachers’ union reinforces the failure that’s left thousands of low-income, minority and special-needs children behind for decades, or whether there will be substantive changes in the contract that result…

Good news for kids: JCPS board still hasn’t signed a union contract

The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education at a meeting Tuesday night at the VanHoose Education Center took no action on renewing its collective bargaining agreement with the district’s teachers’ union. Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters (second from right) and Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition leaders, including Pastors Roland Brown (far left)…

Bluegrass Beacon: Clear case for pension transparency takes bizarre turn

Unusual antics occurring on the campaign trail these days include a bizarre race to choose the next president of the Kentucky Education Association (KEA), the state’s teachers’ union. When’s the last time you heard a KEA candidate ask: “Why does KEA oppose transparency?” Randolph Wieck, a history teacher at Louisville’s DuPont Manual High School, did…

Quote of the day: Has the Jefferson County teachers union boss ‘entered the federal witness protection program?’

“Has JCTA President Brent McKim entered the federal witness protection program? With some teachers forced to buy their own chalk, why hasn’t their union chief, to paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare,‘troubled deaf heaven with his bootless cries?’ The silence from the Jefferson County legislative delegation is also deafening. Aren’t they just a tad disappointed that the millions…