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McConnell can decide if laid-off workers sink or swim. Pass the HEROES Act to provide relief.

July 12, 2020
Lexington Herald-Leader

Every Kentuckian deserves economic security. We are not asking for anything more than a chance to survive this pandemic. I hope our elected leaders take action soon, because our lives and livelihoods are hanging in the balance.

A road map to a Just Transition

June 9, 2020 at 10:05am

A new report from a diverse set of frontline organizations outlines a set of comprehensive solutions needed to respond to the cascading and interlocking crises our communities face, including the climate crisis, COVID-19, and structural racism and inequality. 

The report, A People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy, offers community groups, policy advocates, and policymakers a pathway to solutions that work for frontline communities and workers. These ideas have been collectively strategized by community organizations, including KFTC, and leaders from across multiple frontline and grassroots networks and alliances to ensure that regenerative economic solutions and ecological justice.

Analysis Reveals 'Rotten, Un-American Giveaway' GOP Buried in COVID-19 Relief Package to Overwhelmingly Benefit Millionaires

April 14, 2020
Common Dreams

A nonpartisan congressional body found that nearly 82% of benefits from a Republican tax provision in the most recent coronavirus relief package will go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone.

Women lawmakers are leading the way for the General Assembly

April 2, 2020
Lexington Herald-Leader

I’ve been able to follow the 2020 legislative session by watching live or archived videos of committee meetings and floor debates anywhere there’s a WIFI signal. I have been appalled at some of the issues our legislators prioritize and disappointed with their inability to stand up for what’s right.

Kentucky Needs a Safety Net that Works for Us, Not Against Us

February 20, 2020 at 10:37pm

Many Kentuckians are simply a lost job, new baby, accident or illness away from qualifying for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) – “safety net” programs that exist to catch us when we fall and sustain us while we get back on our feet.

A big bold ask on education funding will reverse Kentucky’s downturns

December 27, 2019
Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky must have a sense of urgency for improving education for all Kentuckians at all ages and all economic levels.

SNAP benefits help people stay out of poverty. We should expand, not curtail them.

November 25, 2019
Lexington Herald-Leader

Food brings us together and creates the conditions to be healthy and happy. As we give thanks this season, let’s ensure all Kentuckians can put food on the table with the help of one of the best hunger-fighting, poverty-reducing, health-improving tools we have.

Grassroots power is vital to community development

September 20, 2019 at 02:22am

In August, Mt. Zion Baptist Church hosted the Bowling Green Opportunity Zones Community Forum and Workshop. The event brought those who live and work in Bowling Green’s Opportunity Zone together with city officials and representatives of the investment community to explore how we can benefit from the program and how we can ensure the best outcome for our neighborhoods.

Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

August 15, 2019
Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

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

Reflections From Food: Our Common Connection

July 1, 2019 at 12:46pm
Rolling Bluegrass

Food is love, and is a key part of creating any community. This was especially clear at the Rolling Bluegrass first ever grassroots food fair! Over 50 people came out to our Food: Our Common Connection