News release: It’s a new day in My Old Kentucky Home

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 7, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Legislators today in a historic Saturday session replaced the “Closed for Business” signs that had kept opportunity out of the Bluegrass State with an unmistakable statement that the commonwealth is now “Open for Business” by passing legislation making Kentucky the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Kentucky’s new GOP ready to drain the swamp

Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, whose Republican caucus will control the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, made it clear: Frankfort should focus on policies that bring economic growth and employment opportunities to the Big Blue State. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who presides over a body that’s passed pro-growth bills by…

On KET tonight: Prevailing-wage mandates on public projects

  One week to the day after Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters’ Bluegrass Beacon column on the need to eliminate prevailing wage on school-construction projects was released to newspapers statewide, the Kentucky Senate voted 26-11 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school and university construction projects. While Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has declared Senate Bill 9 dead…

Another BIPPS policy advances: Senate committee votes 10-1 to repeal prevailing-wage mandates on school construction projects

The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee today ensured that legislation lowering the cost of school-construction projects by repealing prevailing-wage requirements is the first bill to reach the Senate floor. “For school districts, it’s going to save up to 51 percent off labor costs on construction projects,” Sen. Will Schroder, who sponsored Senate Bill 9, told…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…

House GOP leader: ‘Political fear’dominated 2014 General Assembly

While I’m not sure that having a “lackluster” legislative session is the worst thing that could happen to taxpayers, House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, is right in noting that “political fear” dominated this year’s Kentucky General Assembly. Many important issues, including several mentioned by Hoover – telecom reform, right-to-work, prevailing wage, tax reform, the public-partnership…

Who prevails with the prevailing wage?

By D. Eric Schansberg, Ph.D., and member of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars A prevailing wage is a legal arrangement designed to set minimum compensation for public-sector construction workers at rates above those determined by market supply and demand – typically at rates near “prevailing” compensation for union workers. Modern-day legislation establishing prevailing –…