tax reform http://wfpl.org en Gov. Steve Beshear's Tax Plan Fails to Address Inequality, Economic Think Tank Says http://wfpl.org/post/gov-steve-beshears-tax-plan-fails-address-inequality-economic-think-tank-says <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s<a href="/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-makes-tax-reform-proposal"> tax reform plan</a> fails to address issues of fairness in the state’s tax code, says a&nbsp;non-partisan economic think tank.</p><p>The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy doesn’t think the plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit will be enough to offset the new sales taxes for the less wealthy.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:56:32 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8545 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Steve Beshear's Tax Plan Fails to Address Inequality, Economic Think Tank Says Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Makes Tax Reform Proposal http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-makes-tax-reform-proposal <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's&nbsp;tax reform&nbsp;plan would raise an additional $210 million in revenue each year.</p><p>In announcing his proposal Tuesday,&nbsp;Beshear said&nbsp;the plan would make Kentucky’s economy more competitive with neighboring states by taxing services, lowering income taxes, and reducing the top corporate income tax by a tenth of a percent.</p><p>Newly taxed services would include auto and computer repair, landscaping, janitorial services and security systems, as well as luxury services like tanning salons, golf courses and marinas.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:22:52 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8480 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Makes Tax Reform Proposal Kentucky's Zombie of a Pension Problem http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-zombie-pension-problem <p><em>“<span class="c0">They was saying on the news, some kind of virus… things got crazy… man, you won’t believe the panic… the broadcasts stopped, and that was the last we heard.” —AMC's "The Walking Dead"</span></em></p><p class="c1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse melodrama "The Walking Dead" is a story about a deadly, shambling mass of cannibal undead that brings human civilization to its knees.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:47:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8338 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Zombie of a Pension Problem State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy http://wfpl.org/post/state-commonwealth-beshear-says-kentuckys-momentum-jeopardy <p>FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's seventh State of the Commonwealth address was at a once a plea for reinvestments in education, a nebulous call for tax reform and a self-congratulatory pat on the back for Kentucky's deft implementation of the federal healthcare law.</p><p>Speaking to lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session,&nbsp;Beshear&nbsp;took pride in what he described as six years of progress in changing perceptions about the state on a national level.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:19:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8158 at http://wfpl.org State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly http://wfpl.org/post/what-expect-2014-kentucky-general-assembly <p>As temperatures in Kentucky slowly <a href="/post/jcps-other-schools-closed-tuesday-extreme-cold-remains">climb out of the polar abyss,</a> so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p>The session starts Tuesday.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:58:56 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8145 at http://wfpl.org What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Kentucky's State Budget Outlook Worst in Recent Memory, Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-state-budget-outlook-worst-recent-memory-report-says <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 says $250 million in additional revenue won’t be enough to meet the state’s most pressing needs. The report was&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;released Thursday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.</span></p><p>Director Jason Bailey says this is the worst outlook in recent memory, and lawmakers must find ways to increase revenues to reverse the negative effects of budget cuts.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:55:31 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8103 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's State Budget Outlook Worst in Recent Memory, Report Says Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds http://wfpl.org/post/childrens-advocates-rally-restoration-kentucky-child-care-kinship-program-funds <p>People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.</p><p>They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an <a href="/post/drastic-cuts-kentucky-child-care-assistance-leave-low-income-families-few-options">$86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.</a></p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:17:09 +0000 Joseph Lord 6496 at http://wfpl.org Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds Despite Beshear's Support, Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Look at Tax Reform Anytime Soon http://wfpl.org/post/despite-beshears-support-kentucky-legislators-unlikely-look-tax-reform-anytime-soon <p>In just over a month, Kentucky lawmakers go back to Frankfort for a special session on new boundaries for the state's legislative districts. But, there are no plans yet to resolve another issue facing the state.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:59:57 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 6130 at http://wfpl.org Despite Beshear's Support, Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Look at Tax Reform Anytime Soon Beshear May Still Call Special Session for Redistricting, Tax Reform http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-may-still-call-special-session-redistricting-tax-reform <p></p><p>Despite passing some pension and tax reforms in this year's Kentucky General Assembly session, state lawmakers aren't out of the clear when it comes to another special session.</p><p>A few big issues still remain for lawmakers—mainly redistricting and more tax reform.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear has the sole authority to call a special sessions and to set their agenda. And with&nbsp;Beshear continuing to<a href="/term/tax-reform"> express a need for more tax reform to pay for education, </a>he's not ruling out calling a special session sometime this year.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 5051 at http://wfpl.org Beshear May Still Call Special Session for Redistricting, Tax Reform Citing Bleak Economic Outlook, Beshear Pushes for More Tax Revenue for Education, Pensions http://wfpl.org/post/citing-bleak-economic-outlook-beshear-pushes-more-tax-revenue-education-pensions <p></p><p>FRANKFORT —&nbsp;Gov. Steve Beshear is encouraging lawmakers to take bold stances in reforming the state's tax code,&nbsp; before past budget decisions and cuts cripple Kentucky.</p><p>Beshear made the pleas Wednesday night in his annual State of the Commonwealth address.</p><p><a href="/post/read-gov-steve-beshears-2013-state-commonwealth-address">(Read the State of the Commonwealth address.)</a></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:49:06 +0000 Kenny Colston 3853 at http://wfpl.org Citing Bleak Economic Outlook, Beshear Pushes for More Tax Revenue for Education, Pensions