economy http://wkms.org en Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy http://wkms.org/post/immigration-reform-could-help-kentucky-economy <p>The study, “New Americans in Kentucky,” was published this week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. It found that immigrants make up 3 percent of the state’s population, with one-in-five immigrants to Kentucky originating from Mexico. Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:52:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41820 at http://wkms.org Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-reacts-new-epa-rules <p>The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.&nbsp; State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.&nbsp; Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:51:28 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 41009 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Notes Economic Growth Post-Recession http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-chamber-commerce-notes-economic-growth-post-recession <p>The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has released a report detailing the state’s economic recovery following the 2007 recession.</p><p>The study, conducted by the Chamber’s Senior Economic Advisor Dr. Paul Coomes, looks at data from local fiscal reports and federal databases covering wage and salary growth, job growth and housing market indicators.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:20:00 +0000 Rob Canning 37593 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Notes Economic Growth Post-Recession St. Louis Federal Reserve President 'Fed Policy Has Been in Flux' http://wkms.org/post/st-louis-federal-reserve-president-fed-policy-has-been-flux <p></p><p>The St. Louis Federal Reserve President says the Fed continues to fine tune financial policies in the continued sluggish economy.</p><p>In comments today to the Paducah Rotary Club, President James Bullard said the Fed's lending rate will remain near zero until one of two thresholds are met -&nbsp; the unemployment rate drops below 6.5 percent, or inflation reaches 2.5 percent.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:34:57 +0000 John Paul Henry 34010 at http://wkms.org St. Louis Federal Reserve President 'Fed Policy Has Been in Flux' McConnell Not Talking About Guns http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-not-talking-about-guns <p></p><p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ignored the hot-button issue of gun control during a speech in Lexington, instead discussing the nation's debt problem. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:03:16 +0000 John Walker & The Associated Press 27005 at http://wkms.org McConnell Not Talking About Guns Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget http://wkms.org/post/senator-rand-paul-says-entitlements-not-taxes-are-key-balancing-budget <p>U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he agrees with President Barack Obama’s main point that all Americans must work together to turn around the economy and reduce debt. But speaking to a Rotary club in Horse Cave Monday, Paul said he doesn’t agree with the approach the president wants to take: increasing taxes on the wealthy.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:41:32 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 22729 at http://wkms.org Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget Wickliffe Among Towns Involved in New River Initiative http://wkms.org/post/wickliffe-among-towns-involved-new-river-initiative <p>A representative from the city of Wickliffe is among Mississippi River town leaders meeting this week to discuss federal lobbying efforts. The newly-formed <a href="http://www.nemw.org/index.php/current-initiatives/mississippi-river-cities-and-towns-initiative">Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative</a> is meeting in St. Louis to talk about water quality, floodplains, and recreational and environmental protection. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:29:38 +0000 Angela Hatton 22027 at http://wkms.org Wickliffe Among Towns Involved in New River Initiative College Student Debt Surpassing $1.2 Billion Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/college-student-debt-surpassing-12-billion-kentucky <p>A new report says college students in America are a trillion dollars in debt. Kentucky has seen a similar increase where annual student-debt climbed from $324 million in 1999 to almost $1.2 billion a decade later. Erin Klarer, who&rsquo;s a vice president with Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, still says taking on such debt can sometimes be the right choice.</p><p>&ldquo;You know we don&rsquo;t want to blanket that all debt is bad but we do at KHEAA we want to encourage responsible borrowing,&rdquo; said Klarer.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:55:02 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 17372 at http://wkms.org Tornadoes in Kentucky Could Fuel Community "Re-Invention" http://wkms.org/post/tornadoes-kentucky-could-fuel-community-re-invention <p>Kentuckians are just beginning the gauge the economic cost of the weekend&rsquo;s disaster.&nbsp; A more complete picture will become apparent once damage assessments are complete.&nbsp; However, there are economic trends that follow a tornado.&nbsp; For example, economist Kevin Timmons says full recovery is likely. In fact, Timmons says some communities re-invent themselves after devastating weather.&nbsp; He spoke with reporter Charles Compton.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:13:09 +0000 Charles Compton (KPR) 17156 at http://wkms.org Tornadoes in Kentucky Could Fuel Community "Re-Invention"