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Churchill Downs takes more than it gives. That's why the Kentucky Derby is a no-go for me

April 27, 2021
The Courier-Journal
Jefferson County

This year the Derby is a no-go for me. I’m too conscious of all the ways in which the horse industry, and Churchill Downs specifically, extracts from our community’s resources and provides little in return. 

Just Transition town hall and actions to help us all THRIVE

April 7, 2021 at 07:25am

KFTC and allies hosted a virtual town hall on March 31 to spotlight the inspiring ways Kentuckians are shaping a Just Transition to a just, anti-racist and sustainable future in Kentucky. U.S. Rep.

Despite challenges, Kentuckians make an impact in Frankfort

March 31, 2021 at 12:00am
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You’ve made an impact during the 2021 General Assembly. Some of these impacts have been on legislation – a key meeting with a legislator that changes the course of a bill, or a push of calls and tweets that makes the will of the people more visible and harder to ignore. We also set a goal this session to continue to build the power we need. So many impacts have been in our own communities, talking with neighbors and networks about the bills that impact us, and the work of our legislators. 

American rescue plan is a lifeline for Kentuckians

March 18, 2021
Frankfort State Journal

The landmark American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Congress passed this week reflects a rediscovered truth. Its passage is a lifeline to families and communities through the choppy waters of the pandemic. The new law will provide much-needed relief and allow us to emerge on the other side of COVID stronger and more secure.

KY legislators rushed state tax breaks to Beshear’s desk worth hundreds of millions

March 17, 2021
Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky legislators hurriedly shoveled more state tax breaks toward Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk, adding to the many billions of dollars in state tax breaks already on the books.

First 100 Days: Just Transition & Climate Actions & implications for Kentucky

KFTC chairperson met with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in January 2019, just days after she was sworn into office.
March 17, 2021 at 10:40am

The text below was updated on March 26, 2021.  (All previous weekly updates can be viewed here.)

‘This changes everything.’ How new law will help one million Kentucky kids.

March 12, 2021
Lexington Herald-Leader

The child tax credit has been around for years, but families that didn’t make enough money to pay taxes didn’t receive it. The Biden plan expands it from $2,000 a year to up to $3,600 per child with direct monthly payments to families, guaranteeing a kind of basic income for families.

Southern Kentucky chapter member creates micro pantry

February 28, 2021 at 12:00am
Southern Kentucky

When our neighbors are hungry, we feed them.

Kentuckians urge relief and a fundamental reshaping of our economy

February 23, 2021 at 11:01am
A statement from Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
as House COVID relief plan advances February 23, 2021

HB 272 aims to charge ratepayers more, lessen executive power

February 10, 2021 at 05:36pm
Perry County

Throughout this pandemic, Kentuckians have looked out for each other. Now we need our elected leaders to look out for Kentuckians who are still hurting.

Today House Bill 272 passed out of the House Local Government Committee (see how committee members voted). This bill aims to bypass the regulatory power of the Public Service Commission – proposing to make blanket allowances for water utilities to charge late fees up to 10% at their discretion, with no state oversight and no justification. 

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