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The federal comment period for Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes closes this weekend. Kentuckians have voiced concerns at a series of forums across the commonwealth. 

Kentucky’s Gender Wage Gap Is Narrowing, Report Says

Sep 8, 2016
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Things are looking up for some Kentucky workers. That’s according to a new report from the left-leaning Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

The study says unemployment in 2015 returned to its pre-recession rate of 5.4 percent. The report also found that the gender wage gap is narrowing in the commonwealth. 

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The number of Kentucky families receiving cash assistance has declined dramatically since federal welfare reform was enacted twenty years ago.

Florida Governor Rick Scott will visit Kentucky this month in an effort to recruit businesses to relocate or expand to Florida. 

About two years ago, Scott tried something similar. He sent letters to businesses in Kentucky inviting them to the Sunshine State.

The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an end to the federal estate tax, but Kentucky probably wouldn’t benefit as much as other states.

There are only about 5,400 estates nationwide that will have to pay the estate tax. That’s because it only applies to individuals who bestow more than $5.4 million to their heirs. 

Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy

Jul 4, 2014

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.

KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate

Apr 3, 2014
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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.

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.

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.


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.