Kentucky Center for Economic Policy 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 KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate http://wkms.org/post/kcep-head-says-state-budget-inadequate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The director of one of Kentucky’s leading non-profit economic policy think tanks says the recently-passed state budget fails to address the state’s revenue problem.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:12:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39670 at http://wkms.org KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids http://wkms.org/post/report-minimum-wage-hike-would-be-boon-ky-workers-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/28/267901424/transcript-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-as-prepared-for-delivery" style="line-height: 1.5;">last night’s State of the Union address</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:53:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador & John Null 38365 at http://wkms.org Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids Ky. Center for Economic Policy Report: 'Worst Outlook in Recent Memory' http://wkms.org/post/ky-center-economic-policy-report-worst-outlook-recent-memory <p>A survey of Kentucky's economy says lawmakers have a choice between reinvesting in services or making more cuts to government.</p><p>The report released Thursday from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says $250 million in additional revenue won’t be enough to meet the state’s most pressing needs.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:23:50 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37758 at http://wkms.org Ky. Center for Economic Policy Report: 'Worst Outlook in Recent Memory' Internet Sales Tax Bill Could Restore Some State Budget Cuts, Kentucky Group Says http://wkms.org/post/internet-sales-tax-bill-could-restore-some-state-budget-cuts-kentucky-group-says <p></p><p>Your online purchases could alleviate some of Kentucky's budget woes.</p><p>The federal legislation that allows states to collect sales taxes from more online retailers would benefit the Kentucky state budget, argues a policy group focused on economic policy.</p><p>If such legislation passed, Kentucky could gain $130 million to $200 million in revenue per year, the state's&nbsp;Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has estimated. That sort of money could lead to a restoration to programs that have recently been cut, including the&nbsp;child care subsidy for low-incoming, working families,&nbsp;says&nbsp;Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Thu, 23 May 2013 20:03:45 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31746 at http://wkms.org Internet Sales Tax Bill Could Restore Some State Budget Cuts, Kentucky Group Says Think Tank Refutes Needs to Cut State Pension Benefits http://wkms.org/post/think-tank-refutes-needs-cut-state-pension-benefits <p><font size="2">A relatively new economic think tank in Kentucky has released a report that pushes back on calls to cut the state&#39;s pension benefits.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:57:55 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 19469 at http://wkms.org Think Tank Refutes Needs to Cut State Pension Benefits