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Report says Kentucky’s proposed pension ‘reforms’ could make everything worse

October 16, 2017

Sweeping changes recommended for Kentucky’s public pension systems would cost taxpayers and public employees more money while making public employment far less attractive to future generations, according to a report released Monday.

Waking up to the boom in cheaper natural gas

September 14, 2017

Moving away from natural gas might sound radical, but it’s not unrealistic – and there are promising ways to work toward that goal in Kentucky.

It Took This Coal Miner 14 Years to Secure Black Lung Benefits. How Come?

September 7, 2017

RETIRED COAL MINER BETHEL BROCK had to fight for 14 years to win his federal black lung claim. One may think that Mr. Brock's legal fight is rare, but it is not. His story is common among Appalachian coal miners.

Owning and disowning the past without forgetting what happened

September 6, 2017

For Kentuckians, the issue of Confederate monument removal or reinterpretation has come up in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort. In Lexington, Mayor Gray is proposing the relocation of the statues of slavery defenders John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan from the front of the old courthouse, where a slave auction block once stood.

Don’t hide from science. People near mines are dying; we need to know why

August 25, 2017

People in Appalachian Kentucky are dying at rates significantly higher than national averages.

We need to better understand why, through scientific research, to begin curing the health crises in the region. 

Major tax breaks for Kentucky's wealthiest under McConnell health care bill

June 22, 2017

Kentucky's millionaires could see an average tax cut of close to $48,000 a year if the Senate GOPhealth care bill becomes law, according to a new analysis. Those tax cuts would be paid for in part by removing roughly 250,000 Kentuckians from health insurance rolls.

Pension Benefits Inject $3.4 Billion into the Economies of Kentucky Counties

June 6, 2017

As the governor and General Assembly consider additional cuts to pension benefits for employees, it’s important to understand the role such benefits play in local economies...

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

May 16, 2017

More than 76,000 miners have died from black lung disease since 1968, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. And now there's a resurgence of this deadly disease that should have been wiped out decades ago.

What Good Tax Reform Looks Like

May 11, 2017

Though the details remain unknown, Governor Bevin has described the kind of tax reform he’ll introduce in a special session this year as shifting Kentucky toward a “consumption-based” tax system, or from income to sales taxes. In contrast, HB 263, filed in Kentucky’s 2017 General Assembly by Rep.

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