Posts Tagged ‘Jim Waters’

Advocacy Group Keeps an Eye on the State Pension System

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

According to one report, Kentucky has achieved another first among the states: we now have the distinction of being the worst state in the nation when it comes to funding its pension system for state retirees.

We’ve bested Illinois for this spot!  At a board meeting this week, the Kentucky Retirement System announced that its funding ratio is below 25 percent, beating out Illinois as the lowest funding ratio in the nation.

A legislative task force has been meeting all year on what lawmakers need to do to reform the pension system.

Jim Waters, the president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, has a lot to say about the system; his group has been closely monitoring the work of the task force for months.

This Sunday on One to One, Waters tells us what needs to be done.
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 pm ET on KET and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm ET on KET 2 Here’s a preview:

A Look Over the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Join me and my “Kentucky Tonight” guests at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

Our topic is the looming “Fiscal Cliff.” My guests are a panel of experts on the subject: Jason Bailey, director of The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions; Malcolm Robinson, economics professor and economics department chair at Thomas More College; and Tres Watson, chairman of the Kentucky Young Republican Federation. We’ll discuss what’s involved and how it might affect Kentucky families and businesses. Tune in and join the conversation:

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Kentucky Tonight, Monday, Dec. 3 at 8/7 pm CT on KET
You can also watch it live online at the KET website.

To smoke or not to smoke?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Our topic tonight on Kentucky Tonight will be the legislation sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom that would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces with at least one employee, including restaurants, bars, and private clubs. If this legislation passes the state House, Senate, and is signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky would join a few other states with a state-wide smoking ban.

Scheduled guests are State Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington; State Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green; Amy Barkley, an advocacy director with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail, including their name and town or county, to or use the message form at The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

We will also discuss another anti-smoking bill filed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo. He wants to ban smoking in cars with children in the automobiles. Stumbo’s proposal would not allow a person to smoke “cigars, cigarettes, or tobacco in any form” in a vehicle carrying a child. It proposes a fine of $25 for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

Controversial? I’ll say. Join us and participate in the discussion tonight on KET at 8/7pm CT or catch a repeat.

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