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Trump’s people are messing with Medicaid. Here’s why they shouldn’t

November 20, 2017

It is deeply troubling that Medicaid rules have been rewritten to usher in a new era of Medicaid waivers with requirements and penalties that no previous administration has ever approved. In fact, they have been the basis for rejecting waivers in the past.

Mishmash of tax breaks unfair, shrinks Ky. budget

November 17, 2017

Is it fair that most people and businesses pay their full share of taxes to support our state while some don’t?

No, of course not. And the large and growing tax breaks — they don’t sunset so with each new one the drain on the treasury grows — are bankrupting the state.

Trickle-Down Dries Up

October 26, 2017

This study compares the economic performance of the nine states without broad-based personal income taxes to their mirror opposites—the nine states levying the highest top marginal personal income tax rates throughout the last decade.

Tax reform should be key part of Kentucky pension reform

October 20, 2017

Kentuckians are eager to support fiscal responsibility and smart investments in our state by cleaning up tax breaks. Tax reform legislation doing just that was filed by six dedicated House members in July in response to Gov. Bevin’s request for ideas to address our fiscal crisis.

Report says Kentucky’s proposed pension ‘reforms’ could make everything worse

October 16, 2017

Sweeping changes recommended for Kentucky’s public pension systems would cost taxpayers and public employees more money while making public employment far less attractive to future generations, according to a report released Monday.

Solving Kentucky pension crisis requires tax reform, more revenue and clear heads

September 20, 2017

Do legislators have a responsibility to keep pensions intact? Of course they do. 

We cannot solitary budget cut our way out of this. New revenue is also required.

Waking up to the boom in cheaper natural gas

September 14, 2017

Moving away from natural gas might sound radical, but it’s not unrealistic – and there are promising ways to work toward that goal in Kentucky.

It Took This Coal Miner 14 Years to Secure Black Lung Benefits. How Come?

September 7, 2017

RETIRED COAL MINER BETHEL BROCK had to fight for 14 years to win his federal black lung claim. One may think that Mr. Brock's legal fight is rare, but it is not. His story is common among Appalachian coal miners.

Owning and disowning the past without forgetting what happened

September 6, 2017

For Kentuckians, the issue of Confederate monument removal or reinterpretation has come up in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort. In Lexington, Mayor Gray is proposing the relocation of the statues of slavery defenders John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan from the front of the old courthouse, where a slave auction block once stood.

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