In an effort to better promote a public conversation about the need for policies that move all Kentuckians forward, the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy has hired Kenny Colston, a former political journalist and editor, as communications director.
The new position is part of an increased focus on educating the general public, as well as lawmakers, about the kind of tax, budget and economic policies that will better serve the state.
“It is no secret that Kentucky falls behind on many measures of economic well-being, ” KCEP Director Jason Bailey said. “But there’s a need for a fuller public dialogue on how our failure to address problems like an inadequate state tax code have created that situation. To that end, KCEP is increasing its efforts to educate and engage Kentuckians by hiring Kenny as communications director.”
Colston was most recently the editor of the Oldham Era, a weekly newspaper based in La Grange. He previously worked for three years as a political reporter, covering the Kentucky General Assembly, as well as political campaigns, for a statewide TV network and a statewide public radio network. Colston is a Louisville native and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
“Even as a reporter, it was tough to initially understand the complexity that surrounds the state’s economic climate and the policies that contribute to Kentucky’s status,” Colston said. “I’m really excited to join the KCEP team to help Kentuckians understand how much we’re missing out by not adopting better policies in areas like tax reform.”