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  • House Democrats, Beshear have positive meeting

    In an election year, not much of significance happens in the General Assembly before the filing deadline, which is Jan. 28 this year.

    January 9, 2014

  • Beshear talks tax reform, help for education

    Kentucky’s progress in education “is in jeopardy with every dollar we cut out of education,” Gov. Steve Beshear told state lawmakers Tuesday night in his State of the Commonwealth address.

    January 7, 2014

  • Lawmakers roll up sleeves for session

    Kentucky lawmakers face a simple question when they come to Frankfort on Tuesday for the biennial budget session. They have to find more money or make more cuts.

    January 4, 2014

  • Funding education area of debate, concern

    Since 1990, Kentucky has been viewed as a leader in education reform, first with passage of the landmark Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990 and then with passage of Senate Bill 1 in 2009.

    January 4, 2014

  • Stumbo wants raise in minimum wage

    Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday he will sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session to raise Kentucky’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

    January 4, 2014

  • Moderate state revenue growth seen next two years

    State government will see moderate growth in revenues over the next two years, according to the group of outside economists who develop the projections, but not quite as much as they’d hoped when they last looked at the numbers in October.

    December 20, 2013

  • Coal severance funds have gone lots of directions

    It was supposed to be different. When Kentucky started sending half of its coal severance taxes back to coal-mining counties, it was supposed to be used for economic development in anticipation of the days when coal would no longer dominate the coal-field economy.
    That day has come, but there’s not much to show for the coal severance money that’s been spent in eastern Kentucky over the decades. Some industrial parks — some of which sit idle — and airports were built, and severance funds boosted efforts to provide water and sanitary services to residents.

    December 11, 2013

  • Eastern Kentucky still key to governor’s race

    If you want to be governor of Kentucky, especially a Democratic governor, you must look to the hills of eastern Kentucky.
    Despite changes to the coal industry, the economic crisis in eastern Kentucky and the Republican trend in Kentucky, the previous sentence remains true. Proof of that was on display Monday at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit in Pikeville.

    December 11, 2013

  • Rogers: SOAR summit not the end

    Its land and people helped fuel the industrialization of an entire country, but that country has largely ignored the ravaged land and the human despair left behind.
    Eastern Kentucky produced riches for a coal industry which packed off the profits and left the land scarred and depleted, its people looking for jobs which often don’t exist.

    December 7, 2013

  • Coal talk will be part of SOAR Summit

    When 1,500 or more people gather in Pikeville on Monday to discuss ways to re-invent and expand the regional economy beyond coal, there will be some among them not yet ready to give up on coal.

    December 7, 2013

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