Fixing pension problem requires all hands — including those of beneficiaries — on deck to insure ‘this never happens again’

Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team and board member Aaron Ammerman pointed out in his letter in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader: “Paying off the unfunded liability and honoring benefits that have already been earned by state workers will be an extraordinary effort, considering funding also needs to be found for essential state services such as education, health care and infrastructure.”…

BIPPS op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader: ACT scores reinforce need for charter schools

  Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes’ analysis in Thursday’s Lexington Herald-Leader of the latest ACT college-entrance test results released this week includes disaggregating the scores, which reconfirms both the seriousness of Kentucky’s white minus black achievement gap and the need for charter schools in the Bluegrass State, one of seven states without a…

BIPPS op-ed: Pension transparency does not violate privacy laws

An op-ed by Bluegrass Institute board member Aaron Ammerman in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader takes issue with recent claims by members of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees that making the commonwealth’s public pension system transparent would violate state and federal privacy laws. “The statement that federal privacy laws prohibit the disclosure of this information…

Bluegrass Beacon: Don’t put bureaucrats in charge of broadband

Supporters of a government-owned broadband network paint a very bleak picture of the broadband options available throughout Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently argued in an editorial that because broadband speeds across the entire commonwealth aren’t as fast as Delaware’s, taxpayers should support former Gov. Steve Beshear’s $350 million scheme known as KentuckyWired. While the editorial…

LTE: Broadband building best left to private companies

The following Letter to the Editor was written by former Bluegrass Institute/Koch summer intern Elaina Waters and published in Saturday’s Lexington Herald-Leader. It offers a free-market perspective on government-owned broadband networks. For more on this issue, check out this recent Bluegrass Beacon column on why Lexington’s proposal to build and operate a government-owned broadband network…

You can’t be ‘conservative’ and advocate for the Nanny State, too

Once again, the state’s Smoking Nannies will be trying to convince lawmakers to absorb precious time during this year’s short 30-day session considering legislation that would implement a government-mandated smoking ban on all private property in Kentucky. There are many problems with such a policy – not the least of which it tramples on local communities…

Hold UK’s budget negotiations @ center court

The Lexington Herald-Leader rightly calls for more openness in the University of Kentucky’s budget meetings. (They could also have added the need for more openness in the General Assembly’s budget process.) Budget negotiations — whether at the capitol or in a university board room often get complicated and messy, which is precisely the explanation that the university cites…

BIPPS in the Herald-Leader: Common core standards fall way short

The Bluegrass Institute has always advocated for high standards — the kind of standards that will ensure Kentucky students will be fully and adequately prepared for college or career. Don’t count on the Common Core State Standards to provide such preparation, writes Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader.