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As Louisville considers boosting the minimum wage, here’s a look at how such a hike impacted Santa Fe

October 3, 2014
Insider Louisville
Jefferson County

In early 2003, Santa Fe’s city council voted to increase the minimum wage for workers incrementally to $10.50 an hour by 2008. Media reports from this period cited the concerns of business owners critical of the increase, and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce even sued the city, claiming they did not have the legal authority to implement this ordinance.

Central Kentucky chapter and allies celebrate Lexington's Affordable Housing Trust Fund

September 24, 2014 at 04:00pm
Central Kentucky

Justice HouseOn September 11, members of the Central Kentucky KFTC Chapter stood with allies in the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council meeting and gave the mayor and council a thunderous round of applause – the council voted 12-0 to approve funding and oversight for a city affordable housing trust fund.

Jefferson County members talk tax reform with mayor

August 7, 2014 at 06:53pm

A small group of Jefferson County chapter members met with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer last month to find common ground about the need for revenue.

The meeting came about as a result of an encounter in March between KFTC members and the mayor in Frankfort. Members were in Frankfort for our Economic Justice Lobby Day to lift up the need for fair and adequate statewide tax reform; Mayor Fischer was seeking support for his local option sales tax initiative. KFTC decided to oppose the local option sales tax mostly because it takes more from the budgets of low-income people than from higher-income people.  There has also been concern that revenue from it would not be sustainable or flexible enough to meet community needs. 

Louisville Housing Experiment

July 10, 2014 at 01:02pm

Think government-controlled experiments on our nation’s poor are a thing of the past?

Think again.

VISION Smoketown

July 9, 2014 at 08:47pm
Jefferson County

Change abounds in the city of Louisville. As bike lanes begin to appear on familiar neighborhood streets, arrangements are being made to bring a Wal-Mart Supercenter into the city’s West End.

Building new economic power on May Day week

April 28, 2014 at 12:26pm

It's May Day week – a great time to take action that builds new economic power.

Renters' handbook brings new community resource for Southern Kentucky tenants

April 3, 2014 at 12:45pm
Southern Kentucky

Southern Kentucky Renters' Handbook Launch Party 3.24.14Last week, several Southern Kentucky members gathered on WKU’s campus to celebrate the long-awaited launch of an informational and educational handbook. The Homeless and Housing Coalition of South Central Kentucky hopes the Barren River Area Renters' handbook will help lower eviction rates and improve the experience of renting a home for the more than 67,000 renters in the Barren River Area.

KFTC members honored as Community Heroes

March 31, 2014 at 11:52am
Central Kentucky

KFTC members Tanya and Christian Torp are recognized among 50 Community Heroes in honor of Cesar Chavez Day, March 31. On the birthday of the late civil rights activist and labor leader, the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voice for Families campaign is featuring on its website local leaders who are redefining poverty.

AT&T accused of misleading lawmakers about bill allowing carriers to drop land-line service

March 14, 2014
Lexington Herald-Leader

AT&T executives gave misleading testimony to a House committee about the impact of a phone deregulation bill that would allow major carriers to drop many land-line phone customers.

A state Earned Income Tax Credit is gaining momentum!

March 17, 2014 at 01:09pm

A state Earned Income Tax Credit is gaining momentum! During last week's lobby day, members made sure that every legislator got customized information (thank you KCEP!) about how a state EITC would impact the people in their district. Most of this information was part of a larger conversation about the EITC's role within comprehensive tax reform like the Kentucky Forward Plan, and the opportunity in pairing an Earned Income Tax Credit with increasing the minimum wage in Kentucky.