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Kentuckians are hurting, but Sen. McConnell does nothing

August 18, 2020 at 09:21am

Kentuckians are hurting from the triple whammy of long-term economic distress, the COVID-19 health crisis, and collapse of jobs and income due to the pandemic. According to a recent story in the Washington Post, 1/2 of all adults in Kentucky have lost some employment income since March, 1/4 of all Kentuckians say they do not get enough food to eat, and 1/3 of all Kentucky households struggle to pay the rent or mortgage. 

Yet Sen. Mitch McConnell, arguably the most powerful member of Congress, seems to have turned his back on the people he represents, and millions of people in the United States.

Dear Mitch: Show you care about more than power. Stand up for unemployed Kentuckians.

July 29, 2020
Lexington Herald-Leader

So if you’ve recovered from the nauseating spectacle of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell eulogizing U.S. Rep.

Kentucky’s Senators must agree to adequate federal aid for the state to survive recession

July 17, 2020
Lexington Herald-Leader

The truth is we were never going to successfully fight a pandemic through wishful thinking or by trading off public health and the economy. The economic pain was going to be deep regardless of government restrictions because fear of the virus is limiting consumer spending and business investment.

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.

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