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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.

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.

Op-Ed: Who pays, and how much in tax reform?

May 8, 2017

A member in Jefferson County gives a stirring call to action for concerned citizens to raise their voices as Governor Bevin sets his sites on changing Kentucky's tax laws.

‘Empower Kentucky’ for the future

April 20, 2017

(P)lenty of Kentuckians want to diversify the state’s energy mix to save money and create jobs.

Trump, Congress must stand by coal communities

April 18, 2017

Coal-mining communities are the backbone of this country. For decades we’ve kept the lights on in America by sacrificing our personal well-being. We need Congress to act to protect the health and pension benefits under threat to expire at the end of this month.

Taxing Groceries in Kentucky Would Hurt Low-Income Families, Weaken Revenue Growth

April 17, 2017

Governor Bevin has said he will propose tax reform in a special session this year that will move Kentucky toward a “consumption-based” tax system – in other words shifting from income taxes to greater reliance on sales taxes. One of the options for doing so would be to expand the state’s sales tax base to include groceries.

The Obama Idea to Save Coal Country

March 10, 2017

As part of the 2016 budget, the Obama White House created something called the POWER Plus plan specifically to help Appalachian communities that were getting left behind because of the rapidly changing energy market.

Profitable Companies, No Taxes: Here’s How They Did It

March 9, 2017

Complaining that the United States has one of the world’s highest corporate tax levels, President Trump and congressional Republicans have repeatedly vowed to shrink it.

Struggle over retired coal miners’ health care comes back to Capitol Hill

March 2, 2017

A dispute over fixing the health care fund of thousands of retired coal miners almost shut down the federal government in December. The solution was only temporary, and the issue is about to command Congress’ attention again.

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