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Corporate welfare leads to widespread injustice in Martin County, over and over again

September 13, 2019

State dignitaries came to Inez last Thursday bearing gifts. Before a select group of invited luminaries from the state and local government, they announced money “they” would bestow upon Martin County.

No Kentucky coal company has complied with a law designed to protect miner wages

August 29, 2019

Not a single coal company formed in Kentucky within the past five years has posted a bond required by state law to protect miner’s wages if their employer suddenly shuts down, according to records obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader. In addition, officials in Gov. Mat Bevin’s administration urged lawmakers last year to pass a bill that would have eliminated the requirement.

Black Lung Disease Back and Worse Than Before

August 23, 2019

Across Appalachia, thousands of coal miners have suffered from black lung disease. In the 1960s, miners organized a movement to end the chronic condition. They convinced Congress to pass new laws that were supposed to make black lung a thing of the past. Today, conditions underground have changed, and the disease has come roaring back.

Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

August 15, 2019

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

My Cold Kentucky Home: Coal Country Turning To Solar As Heating And Housing Costs Climb

July 3, 2019

Solar energy had already been gaining ground in coal communities, with the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham turning on its panels in 2017. Now a combination of factors has spurred a rush among groups in the region already looking to renewable energy to protect against future utility cost increases.

Black lung is surging, but bill to undo limits on doctors stalls without a hearing

March 7, 2019

A bill that would have rescinded restrictions on the types of physicians who can diagnose black lung disease will likely not get a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives this year … The proposal’s likely failure comes amid the largest resurgence of black lung in decades, one that has left more than 20 perc

Utility PAC donations rolled in ahead of solar industry bill fight

February 25, 2019

Four big utility interests pumped $327,050 into the political committees of legislative candidates and the political parties during the 2018 election cycle. 

That compares with the $6,500 contributed by the tiny political action committee of Kentucky’s solar industry.

Sweeping changes aimed at Kentucky aid programs called 'war on poor'

February 25, 2019

Top House Republicans have filed a bill that would enact sweeping changes in Kentucky's system of public benefits — including Medicaid, food stamps and temporary cash aid for the poor — adding work requirements, drug tests and benefit cuts that opponents say would be disastrous.

Mitch McConnell is silent on coal while Kentucky miners suffer and die

February 22, 2019

McConnell has repeatedly failed to do right by our coal workers and communities.

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