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Earned Income Credit in Kentucky: It’s About Families

At a recent meeting of community advocates I had the opportunity to participate in an activity wherein all participants took a few moments to brainstorm slogans, logos, or catchphrases in support of enacting an Earned Income Credit (EIC) in Kentucky. Although we represented a diverse array of organizations, all attendees support enacting a state-level EIC and, as such, my first inclination was that all of our respective responses would be more or less similar to [...]

By |2013-11-18T15:49:34-05:00November 18th, 2013|Blog, Economic Security|

New KIDS COUNT Report finds Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life

Jeffersontown, KY — The KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, co-released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates, presents a strong case for investing in quality early learning opportunities and supporting parents to ensure their young children are on the right track for success. The first eight years of a child’s life are critical for developing needed emotional and cognitive skills for [...]

By |2013-11-04T00:01:06-05:00November 4th, 2013|News Room|

It takes a lot to get by in Kentucky

It’s pretty clear by now that families across Kentucky are still struggling in the wake of the recession. Although unemployment has been decreasing, the number of children in poverty continues to climb, as does the number of households relying on food stamps to feed their families. Times are tough and they don’t appear to be getting much better. Last week, the Economic Policy Institute released their updated Family Budget Calculator (which you can check out [...]

By |2013-07-10T16:10:17-04:00July 10th, 2013|Blog, Economic Security|

Remember the original meaning of “The Pursuit of Happiness” this Independence Day

“The pursuit of happiness.”  That phrase animates an essay by Jon Meacham in the most recent edition of TIME. It made me remember Mary Kay Tachua – the most brilliant professor I ever experienced.  More than forty years ago, an administrative error at the University of Louisville put Dr. Tachua as the professor of an undergraduate section of American History.  Dr. Tachua was renowned as a graduate professor; social activist; and, perhaps on special and [...]

Kentucky should have its own Earned Income Tax Credit

This letter originally appeared as a Reader Letter in the Courier Journal on May 30, 2013. You can find it online here. I share some of the fears brought up in the recent article, “Kentucky tax reform commissioners fear Gov. Beshear will shelve revenue proposals.” I own a small tire business in Custer, Ky. — a very small town in Breckinridge County. Some know my business as “The Tire Shop” — others as “Bob’s Tires.” [...]

By |2013-06-03T10:00:45-04:00June 3rd, 2013|Blog, Economic Security|

Remember the Benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit on this Tax Day

For the last few months, I've been volunteering as a tax preparer with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition, helping individuals and families who earn less than $50,000 prepare their taxes.  I’ve seen young students filing and single, working moms who are simultaneously raising children and going to school file taxes. I’ve heard stories about individuals falling on hard times in the last few years, and met one person who was working his way out of homelessness. As families across the state and [...]

By |2013-04-15T13:09:25-04:00April 15th, 2013|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|
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