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OpEd: COVID-19 crisis: A terrible thing to waste

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged. Online participation among students in Fayette County Public...
Posted On 02 Aug 2020

Individual liberty strengthens the common good

(OpEd by Jim Waters, president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank.) Our nation was founded on the unique principle that individuals acting in their own self-interest would overcome the greatest of challenges while...
Posted On 14 May 2020
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Bipartisan talk of tax hikes has Frankfort abuzz

Considering Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s newly released big-spending budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, perhaps Hodgenville Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, who recently filed a resolution designating October as “National Pork Month in Kentucky,” should include a companion...
Posted On 06 Feb 2020

Conservatives need balanced perspective on election

Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino once complained about Wildcat fans who were “consumed by (the University of) Louisville,” meaning a loss to their rivals in November leaves a permanent asterisk next to an entirely otherwise successful 30-win season...

Was Jesus Christ a ‘Super Socialist?’

Jesus Christ, Super Socialist” is Ivonne Rovira’s recent missive on Forward Kentucky in which she equates socialism with true Christianity. “It’s time to re-claim the connection between loving our neighbor and how we treat the poor, the powerless, and the earth itself,” Rovira...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019

Lacking: Transparency and judicial good sense

A lack of transparency and judicial good sense provide this edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” Liberty Booster: Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon, who released an audit confirming a culture of secrecy continues to exist within the commonwealth’s two largest public-retirement...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019

Federal bailout of state pension systems would be unfair, unjust

It’s just as legitimate for congressmen in the Capitol to consider the precedent proposed policies would establish in regard to future lawmaking as it for justices at the Supreme Court to contemplate how their decisions in current legal challenges will affect the way future cases...

Pension fix main topic at chamber luncheon

Kentucky has made tremendous gains over the last few years in business and elsewhere, but all of those gains are threatened if Kentucky doesn’t address and fix its public pension system, Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions President and CEO Jim Waters told members of...
Posted On 12 Jun 2019

Overcorrecting pension systems creates greater problems

The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees grabbed the wheel two years ago this month and abruptly overcorrected a pension system whose tires had dropped off a steep shoulder on the side of a road winding toward a very uncertain future for the commonwealth’s retirement...
Posted On 10 May 2019

New normal needed on Certificate of Need policy in Kentucky

A few years ago, I stood in the Capitol rotunda and urged policymakers to rid Kentucky of its Certificate of Need plague since the policy amounts to nothing more than a government “permission slip” for new health-care providers to create and compete. Now, after more than a decade...
Posted On 13 Dec 2018