KY Policy Blog

Kentucky Better Budget Builder

By Anna Baumann
February 5, 2018

Kentucky has what it takes to restore essential investments our commonwealth — revenue options to address our eroding General Fund as an alternative to more budget cuts. This interactive tool allows you to try your hand at building a better budget through targeted investments as well as the revenue options to pay for them. By cleaning up tax breaks, we can do more for our kids, neighborhoods and local economies.

For instance, you may want to shrink our structural deficit (and prevent more budget cuts) by making the individual income tax more progressive and tightening loopholes that allow corporate tax avoidance, or strengthen early childhood education by expanding the sales tax to luxury services. Neither the budgetary investments nor the revenue choices in this tool are exhaustive lists of options and needs, but they provide a sense of what is possible.

Click here to build a better Budget of the Commonwealth. For notes on the data used to build this tool, click here.

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