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‘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. 

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.

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