Chapter: Southern Kentucky

The Southern Kentucky chapter is a diverse and active group of people working to build a better future for all. We aim to hold our elected officials accountable as we create a more just, healthy, and sustainable community. Among the many issues we care about, our chapter is currently working on fair housing, tax justice, fairness, voter empowerment, and clean, safe, and affordable energy options.

Working together we are building the movement for economic, environmental, and social justince in southern Kentucky! Please join us at an upcoming chpater meeting or event. We meet every fourth Tuesday at 6pm at the Foundry, in Bowling Green, Ky.

Recent Activities

KFTC Electoral Organizers hired, trained and ready to go!

Pictured left to right Tayna Fogle, Allyson Williams, Stephanie Tyree, Carey Henson, Linda Stettenbenz, Beth Bissmeyer, Jennifer Jeffers, Tanya Torp, Kristah Lavalle and Alan Smith.

KFTC's campaign to register, educate and mobilize thousands of voters leading up to the November 6 election took a leap forward August 27 as KFTC ran an intensive two-day training of our brand new electoral organizers from chapter areas across the state. These folks will be assisting KFTC members and chapter organizers build grassroots power and strengthening our democracy.

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KFTC members get the Blue Ribbon!

Last night's marathon Public Input meeting marked the end of this important stage of the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission's process for recommending state tax reforms. Although a few good folks had to leave before they could deliver their statement – the meeting ran more than an hour over time – the call for progressive tax reforms and adequate revenue for health, education, and environmental protection and clean energy was loud and clear. Sixteen of the speakers lined up were KFTC members, some coming as concerned Kentuckians and some wearing the hat of an ally organization.

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Bowling Green members shape Blue Ribbon tax meeting!

KFTC members and friends who attended the hearing

Bowling Green members – and even some allies from Tennessee – shone at last night's Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Public Input Meeting

Ryan Alessi featured clips from several of our members in his coverage for "Pure Politics." Take a look! Other key parts of these members' testimony is pasted below their clip.

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Help decide the future of Kentucky's tax system

Last Chance sign.jpgKentuckians deserve investments in good jobs, clean air and water, quality educations, and healthy, vibrant communities. This Kentucky is possible, but we need to reform our state tax system.

And this summer may well be our best opportunity in the last decade to push forward tax reforms that improve our quality of life. Right now, Kentucky's Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform is getting ready to hold Public Meetings across the state. Everyday Kentuckians are invited to share their best ideas about needed state tax reforms--ideas that will shape the Commission's recommendations for the 2013 General Assembly. The first of these meetings is in Paducah on May 29.

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Sign on today to help clean air in Mammoth Cave park

Today is the last day the U.S. EPA is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would weaken efforts to clean up the skies in national parks, including Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

The proposal would let coal-burning power plants in 28 states use a weaker air pollution emissions standard. In short, the EPA wants to allows power plants in those states to use the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to improve natural visibility conditions in Class I areas rather than the source-specific Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART).

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Chapter Feature:

Member spotlight

Read an op-ed by Southern Kentucky chapter member, Jeanie Smith on the importance of an Earned Income Tax Credit for Kentuckians.

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"I live in Warren County, where according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a state EITC would directly benefit more than 10,000 Warren County families, with an average credit of $330. Our families, like families all over Kentucky, are working hard to make it today. Having a $300-$400 tax credit that targets low- to moderate-income working families would make such a difference in the day-to-day."

Renter's Handbook

The Southern Kentucky chapter worked with Bowling Green Housing Coalition to create the Barren River Area Renters' Handbook. Click the image above to read it online.

Regular Meetings:

The Foundry
531 W. 11th Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting every 4th Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Chapter Organizer:

Molly Kaviar
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(502) 599-3989

Upcoming Events:

December 18

Holiday Potluck with SOKY KFTC

531 W 11th Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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