KY Policy Blog

What’s in the CARES Act for Kentucky

By Jason Bailey
April 3, 2020

Congress has passed and the President has signed a new COVID-19 economic relief bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act. Here are some of its major provisions and what they mean for Kentucky. This blog will be updated as more information becomes available.

Expanded and increased unemployment benefits

One of the most significant components of CARES increases unemployment benefits by $600 a week for the next four months, fully paid for by the federal government. Kentucky’s average unemployment benefit is only a modest $380 a week currently. This read more

Kentucky Must Not Join Dangerous Threat to Constitution

By Jason Bailey
March 1, 2019

A legislative committee will consider “for discussion only” on Monday HJR 87, a deeply alarming resolution calling for a new constitutional convention to rewrite the rules of American government. It is no exaggeration to say this convention could throw the country into chaos and jeopardize our founding document. Kentucky is one of the states whose ultimate position on this issue will make the difference between putting the constitution up for grabs or stopping in their tracks those funding this national effort.

Special interests trying backdoor method to overhaul American government read more

Farm Bill Would Take Food Assistance from Some Older Kentuckians

By Dustin Pugel
May 10, 2018

SNAP works for Kentuckians of all ages, including older people in our communities. For decades, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has helped Kentuckians over 50 with their grocery bills. However, the proposed 2018 Farm Bill would put that assistance at risk for many. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 1.2 million Americans up to age 59 will lose SNAP by 2028.

The major way the Farm Bill would take nutrition assistance away from Kentucky seniors is through unprecedented changes to an already harmful eligibility standard. Currently, non-disabled adults up read more

SNAP Works for Kentucky’s Children, Farm Bill Threatens that Success

By Dustin Pugel
May 4, 2018

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Kentucky families put food on the table and improve children’s well-being across the commonwealth. But changes to SNAP in the Farm Bill and at the state level could weaken or jeopardize this assistance.

Food assistance leaves kids better off, in childhood and later in life

SNAP delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other safety net program. In 2016, SNAP helped about 19 million children each month nationwide. In Kentucky, SNAP helps about 266,000 children each month, or about 1 in read more

What Are Taxes For?

By Anna Baumann
April 17, 2018

Across the commonwealth, Kentuckians are filing their taxes this week; and many are wondering if and how the federal tax changes passed in late 2017 and the state changes passed by the 2018 General Assembly will impact what they pay. Both packages are comprised of large tax cuts for the wealthy that raise taxes on working families on average and over time will lead to revenue shortfalls and cuts to vital services.

Despite these major setbacks, Tax Day is a good time to remember these services which our contributions pay read more

Massive New Federal Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Should Be a Resource for Kentucky’s Budget

By Jason Bailey
January 3, 2018

Kentucky is facing a major gap in its next two-year state budget that could mean unprecedented cuts to education and other services. But the General Assembly could look to the money coming from huge new federal tax cuts for the wealthy to help bridge that gap.

The richest 20 percent of Kentuckians are expected to receive $2.1 billion in federal tax cuts in 2019 because of the bill that passed Congress and was signed into law by President Donald Trump in December. Those high-income individuals will receive 69 percent of read more

Some Federal Lawmakers Want to Use New Tax Cuts for the Wealthy as Cause to Undermine Basic Supports for Kentucky Families

By Ashley Spalding
December 21, 2017

The tax bill Congress passed yesterday was the first in a two-step plan to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations and pay for them later through cuts to critical investments that help everyday Kentuckians. The final tax bill will increase taxes for middle- and low-income families, end health care for millions and increase federal deficits. Step two of the plan is slated for next year, when lawmakers indicate the increased deficits may be used to justify dangerous cuts to everything from food assistance for families and education to Medicare, read more

Passage of the Dream Act Would Benefit Kentucky

By Anna Baumann
December 21, 2017

In September, the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program established by executive order that granted immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S. as children temporary relief from deportation and authorized them to work. By passing the Dream Act, Congress can restore and even strengthen the legal protections for these young Kentuckians who contribute to our commonwealth by going to school, working, paying taxes and more. In the absence of a Dream Act, Dreamers, their families and our communities will be harmed. read more

Senate Tax Plan Harms Low- and Middle-Income Kentuckians to Pay for Giveaways to Those at the Top

By Anna Baumann
November 21, 2017

Like the top-heavy tax cut plan passed in the House last week, the plan now in front of the Senate would shift taxes away from millionaires and corporations and over to low- and middle income Kentuckians while setting the stage for deep cuts to the budgetary programs and services that help Kentucky’s communities thrive.

Senate Plan Slashes Taxes at the Top, Increases Taxes for Low and Middle-Income Kentuckians

Senators will return to Capitol Hill next week after the Thanksgiving recess for a potential vote on their revised plan. According to read more

How Federal Tax Proposals Threaten Investments in Kentucky’s Congressional Districts

By Dustin Pugel
November 13, 2017

The vast majority of Kentuckians would be worse off under recent federal tax cut proposals. Far from benefiting the average Kentuckian, the plans would put fiscal pressure on already strained public programs and leave behind nearly 40 percent of children in working families from the Child Tax Credit expansion. Its tax cuts are focused on the very wealthiest, with the top 1 percent in Kentucky bringing in 40 percent of the value of the tax cuts by 2027, even while taxes would go up for more than 1 in 5 read more