Bluegrass Beacon: Frankfort should butt out of private-sector’s purview

Both projects at the heart of this legislative edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters offer reminders of the costly, if unintended, consequences of government involvement in undertakings better left to the private sector. However, there’s at least an attempt to limit one project’s ability to undercut private-sector competition with a publicly subsidized product while costly…

Ousted KBE members take stand; hospital ruse offers ‘myopic malarkey’

This General Assembly edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters begins with Kentuckians who, while neither bureaucrats nor politicians, care enough about the future of our commonwealth to take a principled stand against an unfair and destructive policy. Liberty Boosters: Most of the former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members are teaming up with the Bluegrass…

No taxpayer-financed bailout for sick hospital!

Disastrous, costly policy proposals often center around government picking winners and losers rather than the time-honored and historically proven approach of allowing the marketplace to determine which enterprises succeed and fail. After its parent company announced plans to close downtown Louisville’s Jewish Hospital, which has hemorrhaged financially for years, the University of Louisville stepped in…

Should the state loan U of L millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase fiscally failing Jewish Hospital?

Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters spoke recently at the Louisville Forum in opposition to a proposed $50 million “partially forgivable” taxpayer-backed loan from the commonwealth to assist the University of Louisville in its purchase of Jewish Hospital. (Since this presentation, U of L has reduced the amount of its loan request to $35…