Economic Justice News

Vision Smoketown

February 16, 2015 at 06:16pm
Jefferson County

Vision Smoketown began as a volunteer-based community canvassing project conceived after the Jefferson County KFTC Chapter moved its office to Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood in July 2013. Members of the chapter’s Economic Justice Team were focusing their attention on local affordable housing issues. After moving to Smoketown, the team wanted to understand the desires and needs of Smoketown residents within the changing dynamics of Louisville.

Stand Up Sunday – Stand Up Louisville

February 16, 2015 at 05:19pm

Where are we, Louisville? How is our local narrative fitting into larger regional, statewide and national social conditions?

Louisville, like the rest of the country, has become a place with a more visible and increased militarized police presence. Less than a year ago our local media in conjunction with with many elected officials and police, used an incident with young people downtown to funnel over $200,000 into more surveillance and policing of youth of color particularly along the Waterfront and new areas of “urban” development. Young people were framed as rioting and dangerous. The damaging effects of this increase in the policing of young people can be seen in the case of the Misidentified 4, where young men from our community were brutalized and whose families have been vocal about the need for a civilian review board.

Raise minimum wage in Fayette, without delay

February 2, 2015
Lexington Herald-Leader
Central Kentucky

MSU food services workers looking for better treatment through union representation

January 19, 2015 at 01:57pm
Rowan County

Food service workers at Morehead State University will be voting Wednesday on whether to be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The vote comes after an organizing drive during which 70 of about 100 full-time workers signed union cards. The workers are employees of Aramark, which has the food service contract at the school.

Kentucky’s Upside Down Tax System Asks the Least of Those at the Top

January 14, 2015
KY Policy Blog

In Kentucky, the wealthiest residents pay the lowest overall state and local tax rate as documented in a new edition of a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

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.

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