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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.

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.

Profitable Fortune 500 Companies in Kentucky Avoid Paying Millions in State Corporate Income Taxes

April 27, 2017

Despite strong profits for the nation’s biggest and most successful multistate corporations, a large share of Fortune 500 businesses — including some Kentucky-based companies — are paying taxes at a rate much lower than established tax rates, with some paying no taxes at all, according to a new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). 

‘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.

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