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7:46 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says

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Kentucky’s economy would benefit from comprehensive immigration reform, according to a report on immigration's impact on the state.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy last week released its report on "New Americans in Kentucky."

Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012, the report said. 

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Politics
10:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bumping Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Help Kentucky Workers, Reduce Child Poverty

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Raising Kentucky's minimum wage would reduce child poverty and help about a quarter of the state's workers, said a brief released Wednesday by an economic think tank.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy say a $10.10 per hour minimum wage would lead to a boost in consumer spending.

That, they say, would spur job creation and allow low-income families to make ends meet.

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Politics
6:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky's State Budget Outlook Worst in Recent Memory, Report Says

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

The report says $250 million in additional revenue won’t be enough to meet the state’s most pressing needs. The report was  released Thursday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Expiring Unemployment Benefits Will Affect Thousands of Kentuckians

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A Kentucky think tank is warning that unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of people in the commonwealth will expire Dec. 28 if Congress does not act.

The emergency benefits were created five years ago under President George W. Bush to combat the recession, and it now gives workers up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation.

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Education
2:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Kentucky School Tax Revenue Varies Widely Between Rich And Poor Districts

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A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year.

Around half of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 percent property tax increase to help fund public schools.

That's partly because the state hasn’t raised per-pupil funding for a number of years. 

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Education
1:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Kentucky—and Most States—are Spending Less Per Student Than Before the Recession, Report Says

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Kentucky lags behind its peers for funding its public education system since the recession, a new report from the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

The report released Thursday shows 34 states provide less per-student funding than they did in 2008. Of those, 15 states are giving less than they did a year ago.

Kentucky is among both these groups.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Study: Immigration Reform Would Boost Kentucky Revenues By $23 Million

A study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates Kentucky stands to gain $23.2 million in increased revenue should Congress pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The 50-state analysis assumes that a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country will be included in any legislative package.

That would add around 80,000 new Kentuckians who would fully participate in the state and local tax systems.

According to the study, those immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes nationwide, which is $58.8 million in Kentucky.

Supporters of immigration reform argue the added revenue demonstrates creating legal channels for the undocumented helps immigrant and native households, especially in poorer states.

"Some people would be surprised by how much undocumented immigrants already pay in taxes, including sales, property and income. But immigration reform would increase those contributions especially with income tax by creating a legal path for full compliance," says Anna Baumann, a research associate with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a non-partisan group that studies economic issues in the state.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

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

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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.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Policy Group Uses Census Data to Encourage Medicaid Expansion

A progressive economic group says Kentucky should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act based on recently release Census data.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy points to data that shows the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance dropped last year based on early elements of the health care law.

The drop was mainly attributed to a large number of young adults who are staying on their parents’ insurance thanks to one of the law’s provision.

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