Bluegrass Beacon: Actuarial integrity key to repairing pension bridge

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Any retiree who worked as an engineer in building and repairing Kentucky’s buildings, highways and bridges should concur with a hearty “Amen!” for structural integrity, which indicates…

Bluegrass Beacon: The due process of defining pension benefits

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. “Can pension benefits be cut?” My answer to the reporter’s question may sound political but when it comes to Kentucky’s responsibility to its public servants, it’s nevertheless…

Bluegrass Beacon: Objection! Beshear MIA in open-records dispute

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Kentucky’s lawsuit against the manufacturer of OxyContin, heroin’s chemical cousin, stretches back more than a decade and involves three attorneys general. It began in 2007 during Greg…

Bluegrass Beacon: Spray schemes with transparency disinfectant

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Privatization done right can be a boon for taxpayers and those dependent on government services. Outsourcing medical care for veterans – an idea floated by President Drumpf…

Ambiguity allows officials to use tech toys, dodge sunshine laws

Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government Director Amye Bensenhaver and President and CEO Jim Waters joined Kruser and Krew on Lexington’s NewsTalk 590 WVLK-AM  this week for a segment on Bensenhaver’s report. Sunshine laws, Bensenhaver told the afternoon radio audience, are laws that “guarantee the public’s right of access to open records…and open meetings.” The state…