Bluegrass Beacon: New pension paradigm protects taxpayers, benefits workers

Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, was on the right side of principle when he said recently on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program that he doesn’t deserve to be re-elected if he doesn’t have the “courage to make the right vote for Kentucky.” There’s no question that Miller, like other conservatives who’ve expressed similar sentiments – including Gov.…

Bluegrass Beacon – Pension deliberations: Nothing but uncomfortable

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. Legislators frequently grumble about Kentuckians’ lack of interest in, attention to and knowledge of complicated issues like the public-pension system. Some observation about how “people’s eyes glaze…

Bluegrass Scholar to appear tonight on KET

Western Kentucky University economics professor Brian Strow, a member of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars, will talk “Debt Ceiling” tonight on KET’sKentucky Tonight with host Bill Goodman. WHAT: Bluegrass Institute Scholar appearing on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to discuss the federal budget WHO: Brian Strow, Ph.D., professor of economics at Western Kentucky University WHERE: KET…

Squawking about pension reform doesn’t make it so

Recently, I was a panelist on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program about the commonwealth’s public-pension crisis. Much of the discussion reminded me of an annoying rhetorical tactic generally reserved for parrots, but often employed by cheerleaders for bigger, more -costly government: repeating the same nonsense over and over until viewers cave to the pure monotony. For…

Video: BIPPS talks public employee pension reform on KET’s Kentucky Tonight

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters joined a panel discussion about how much progress was really made toward public pension reform during the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly. (click on the image below to view the video)                       Read more about solutions to Kentucky’s public pension crisis.

Action Alert: We need your help on KET tonight!

The state’s public pension crisis takes center stage on statewide television tonight! Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will appear as part of a panel on KET’s Kentucky Tonight discussing how much, if any, progress was made toward repairing Kentucky’s damaged and woefully underfunded public pension system. Joining Jim on the panel will be Bryan Sunderland,…

BIPPS on WHAS and KET today

This morning at 10 a.m. Jim Waters will join Mandy Connell on WHAS for another Bluegrass Monday. Listen live here. Also, this evening at 8 p.m. ET, Jim will join a panel discussion about the fiscal cliff on KET‘s Kentucky Tonight. The featured panelists include Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Tres Watson…