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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.

As State Loosens Oversight, Coal Ash Contaminates Central Kentucky Waterway

February 28, 2017

As Kentucky regulators and utilities are pushing to loosen regulations on the state’s coal ash ponds and landfills, more pollution problems are emerging at one of the sites in central Kentucky.

Don’t let utilities squash Kentucky’s solar entrepreneurs. Here’s a better plan.

February 25, 2017

With the General Assembly controlled by business-friendly Republicans, electric utilities might have sensed an opportunity to ram through legislation to limit the growth of independent solar power in Kentucky.

Leaked report suggests millions could lose coverage under GOP health proposal

February 25, 2017
Vox

Republican replacement plans for Obamacare would lead to significant declines in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, according to an analysis presented Saturday at

Chambers of commerce support bill altering Kentucky wage and hour laws; labor attorneys call it an attack on workers’ rights

February 24, 2017
Insider Louisville

"Mind-blowing" Senate Bill 237 is designed to allow employers to withhold wages without the written consent of employees, and limit the ability of some workers to receive overtime pay, rest and lunch periods, and a minimum wage – in addition to lowering the potential amount of damages an employer could be fined for violat

Solar jobs soar as Maryland prioritizes renewable energy

February 23, 2017

Business is booming for Solar Energy World and other solar companies in Maryland, as sun-sourced energy becomes more affordable and accessible. Attracted by solar-friendly policies and mounting demand, solar companies are flocking to the state and hiring in droves.

Support efforts to restore ex-felon voting rights

February 23, 2017

Kentucky is one of only four states that ban former felons from voting, ranking third in the rate of disenfranchisement overall and first in disenfranchisement of African-Americans. Many states allow persons to vote once their sentences have been served and some never take away voting rights, allowing prisoners to vote.

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