Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Business
7:52 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy

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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.

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Government
11:12 am
Thu April 3, 2014

KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate

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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.

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Government
3:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids

After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in last night’s State of the Union address, 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.

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Government
3:23 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ky. Center for Economic Policy Report: 'Worst Outlook in Recent Memory'

A survey of Kentucky's economy says lawmakers have a choice between reinvesting in services or making more cuts to government.

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.

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Government
3:03 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Bill Could Restore Some State Budget Cuts, Kentucky Group Says

Your online purchases could alleviate some of Kentucky's budget woes.

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.

If such legislation passed, Kentucky could gain $130 million to $200 million in revenue per year, the state's Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has estimated. That sort of money could lead to a restoration to programs that have recently been cut, including the child care subsidy for low-incoming, working families, says Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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Government
1:57 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Think Tank Refutes Needs to Cut State Pension Benefits

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A relatively new economic think tank in Kentucky has released a report that pushes back on calls to cut the state's pension benefits. 

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