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Kentucky Needs a Safety Net that Works for Us, Not Against Us

February 20, 2020 at 10:37pm

Many Kentuckians are simply a lost job, new baby, accident or illness away from qualifying for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) – “safety net” programs that exist to catch us when we fall and sustain us while we get back on our feet.

A big bold ask on education funding will reverse Kentucky’s downturns

December 27, 2019
Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky must have a sense of urgency for improving education for all Kentuckians at all ages and all economic levels.

SNAP benefits help people stay out of poverty. We should expand, not curtail them.

November 25, 2019
Lexington Herald-Leader

Food brings us together and creates the conditions to be healthy and happy. As we give thanks this season, let’s ensure all Kentuckians can put food on the table with the help of one of the best hunger-fighting, poverty-reducing, health-improving tools we have.

Grassroots power is vital to community development

September 20, 2019 at 02:22am

In August, Mt. Zion Baptist Church hosted the Bowling Green Opportunity Zones Community Forum and Workshop. The event brought those who live and work in Bowling Green’s Opportunity Zone together with city officials and representatives of the investment community to explore how we can benefit from the program and how we can ensure the best outcome for our neighborhoods.

Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

August 15, 2019
Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Immigrants make many valuable contributions to communities across Kentucky, and are a vital part of our culture and economy. Click here to see a PDF of our presentation, “Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

Reflections From Food: Our Common Connection

July 1, 2019 at 12:46pm
Rolling Bluegrass

Food is love, and is a key part of creating any community. This was especially clear at the Rolling Bluegrass first ever grassroots food fair! Over 50 people came out to our Food: Our Common Connection

Raise your voice for a fair and equitable Louisville budget

May 14, 2019 at 05:51pm
Jefferson County

No matter your zip code, we all want whole, thriving communities. Governor Bevin’s recent changes to Kentucky’s pension system have created budget shortfalls in communities across the commonwealth, including here in Louisville. This month the Louisville Metro Council needs to hear from you about what a fair and equitable budget could look like in the midst of these massive cuts.

Metro Council is hosting two more public hearings where you can attend and speak about your vision for our city budget on Thursday, May 16 and Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at City Hall (601 West Jefferson Street).

You can join KFTC members across the Jefferson County chapter in raising your voice for a fair and equitable budget by attending and/or speaking at a hearing, calling your Metro councilperson, writing a letter to the editor, and sharing with your friends and family.

Below are the Jefferson County KFTC Economic Justice Team's views on local progressive taxation, criminal justice reform, and tax increment financing. You can use these talking points when contacting your Metro Councilperson, writing a letter to the editor, or speaking at an upcoming public hearing.

Kentuckians are ready for a Just Transition and Green New Deal

May 13, 2019 at 10:54am

An enthusiastic and diverse crowd turned out on May 11 at an event in Frankfort in support of a Just Transition to a clean energy economy and a Green New Deal for workers and communities. 

Rep. Attica Scott and Cassia Herron

The main event, a stop on a eight-city tour organized by the Sunrise Movement, was planned in partnership with KFTC and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ. The event featured State Rep. Attica Scott, KFTC members Kevin Short, Cassia Herron and Scott Shoupe, Sunrise Louisville Hub member Jenny Bencomo Suarez, Sunrise Executive Director Varshini Prakash, Erin Bridges, who plays a leading role in the Sunrise Louisville Hub and on the national Sunrise Steering Committee; and music by Appalatin.

Poor People's Campaign Truth & Poverty Tour in Kentucky

April 20, 2019 at 08:18am
Southern Kentucky

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s National Emergency Truth & Poverty Bus Tour will visit western Kentucky on April 29, making stops in Eddyville, Hopkinsville and Bowling Green.

KFTC members speak out about Louisville budget crisis

April 17, 2019 at 12:30pm

No More Business As Usual

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