Bluegrass Beacon: Kentucky Wired versus the Big Dig

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. What does a silver bullet cost? At least $490 million – the figure being thrown around by bureaucrats charged with implementing Kentucky Wired, the ill-advised 3,400-mile statewide…

Pension wars arrive, but peace is possible

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. A serious assessment offered by an independent consulting group hired to audit Kentucky’s public-retirement funds represents an important step in addressing the commonwealth’s pension crisis. If you…

More from #kyga17: Pension transparency bills book-ended busy session

Back-to-back pension transparency bills – Senate Bills 2 and 3 – provided strong bookends for a busy 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Along with passage during the session’s historic first week of Sen. Chris McDaniel’s SB 3, which makes legislators’ pension benefits subject to open-records requests – an issue pushed by the Bluegrass Institute’s…

News Release: Government transparency and accountability the theme of the Bluegrass Institute’s 2017 Liberty Awards event @ Keeneland

  For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Making government more transparent, accountable and accessible to citizens was the theme of the Bluegrass Institute’s 2017 Legislative Breakfast and Liberty Awards event at the Keeneland Racecourse. The late Lowell Reese was honored posthumously with a Liberty Award presented to his widow, Carol, and…

News Release – Pension transparency: Elected officials who kept their word

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 13, 2017 Contact: Jim Waters @ 859.444-5630 (office) 270.320.4376 (cell)  (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Less than a week into this year’s legislative session, Kentucky’s representatives delivered an enormous win for open and transparent government. Backed by the support of an overwhelming bipartisan coalition, the state House of Representatives voted 95-1 to pass the…

Tell your representative: Vote for pension transparency

Now that the State Government Committee has approved legislation containing policies that bring more transparency to the Bluegrass State’s troubled pension system, we could have a vote by the full Kentucky House of Representatives when it convenes at 4 p.m. (eastern) today. Despite chairman Brent Yonts’ anti-transparency stance, his committee has sent Senate bills 2…

Bluegrass Beacon: Government programs ‘should not be shrouded in mystery’

A lack of transparency puts taxpayers who fund the government, including its secretive practices, at a distinct disadvantage from which it’s difficult to recover. So says the man widely hailed as a key architect of the imploding, incompetently named Affordable Care Act. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, call it the…

Lt. Gov. hopeful files pension-reform bills

McDaniel pre-files transparency bill that shines the light on legislators’ Cadillac pension benefits  Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, has pre-filed three pension-reform bills for consideration during the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, including BR85, which would shine the light of transparency on state politicians’ Cadillac taxpayer-funded benefits. BR85 makes all current or former legislators’ benefits…

Bluegrass Beacon: Frankfort plays Ping-Pong with public pension transparency

Legislation that would make the Kentucky Retirement Systems transparent for those paying its bills has danced into the spotlight during the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Passage of transparency bills filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Latonia, and Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would make the “names, status, projected or actual benefit payments” subject to…