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Emily Beauregard: Medicaid is essential for many Kentucky families in midst of economic downturn

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and key provisions of the CARES Act expiring at the end of July, the prospect of losing unemployment benefits, facing eviction, being unable to put food on the table, and having to return to school or work in an unsafe environment is looming for many Kentuckians. Any progress Kentucky has made in keeping our residents safe and healthy could be undone without the sustained...

To evict or not evict, that is the question — and the answer is, well, confusing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today New guidance from the Kentucky Supreme Court on staffing, access to jury trials and evictions has caused some widespread confusion, especially when it comes to the eviction section. 
The Administrative Order, which takes effect on Saturday, allows all evictions for non-payment of rent to resume on that date, except for those subject to the federal CARES Act. 
Leigh Anne...

Daily Yonder: Will a rural homelessness crisis hit after benefit and eviction moratoriums end?

By Liz Carey Special to KyForward With federal unemployment benefits ending soon and moratoriums on evictions soon to follow, social services organizations are bracing for a homelessness crisis to hit rural Americans. Adrienne Bush, executive director for the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, says her agency anticipates the termination of federal unemployment benefits could mean as many...

Jason Bailey: Kentucky’s senators must agree to adequate federal aid for state to survive recession

A couple months ago, some public officials and corporate lobbyists began eagerly calling for states to reopen rapidly as the way to solve the COVID-19 problems of mass unemployment and struggling businesses. But the choice to reopen before the virus had been controlled and minimized — and without adequate testing, contact tracing and protections for workers and consumers — has been a dismal failure. COVID-19...

Sarah Davasher-Wisdom: The data is clear, Congress should provide fourth coronavirus stimulus package

Earlier this month, national economic data showed the second consecutive month of unexpected job growth and increased employment amidst the global pandemic of Covid-19. This is excellent news, but it comes with caveats: millions remain unemployed, businesses continue to struggle and shutter, and the virus is surging in parts of the country. An honest assessment of the economic recovery and our fight...

More than $3.6 million in CARES Act reimbursements announced for 15 Western Ky. local governments

In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG), Gov. Andy Beshear this week announced 15 western Kentucky governments have applied for and been granted $3,667,367 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19. Sixteen others have received preliminary approval, meaning they will receive reimbursements...

Commentary: It’s imperative for federal government to step up, provide the resources for rent relief

By Adrienne Bush, Marilyn Harris and Tiffany Marthaler Special to KyForward In March, this country’s economy was brought to a scratching halt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people are out of work, with little hope of returning to a new “normal” anytime soon. In June, three months into the COVID-19 state of emergency, many of us watched the lines of hundreds of people still waiting for...

Beshear reports 282 new virus cases, five deaths; help for state’s unemployed on the way

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky reported 282 new cases of COVID-19 and five more people who died with the virus on Tuesday. A statewide total is now at 15,624 and the statewide death toll sits at 565. “While we are not seeing the type of very concerning spike in so many other states, it’s something we’ve got to watch very carefully,” said Gov. Andy Beshear at his daily briefing. Gov....

Kentucky’s city and county governments to receive $300 million coronavirus aid from CARES act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Part of The CARES Act, as it is known, established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. During his...

University of the Cumberlands distributing CARES Act emergency funding to students

Undergraduate students at University of the Cumberlands will soon receive emergency assistance funding from the university as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In total, Cumberlands is disbursing $1,398,399 in federal emergency aid to eligible undergraduate students who switched from in-seat classes to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cumberlands...

Mitch McConnell: Families face daunting challenges, but CARES Act helping save Kentucky jobs

Like in other states, Kentucky’s Governor ordered childcare providers to close their doors in response to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, that left essential personnel including healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and grocery store workers with few options for their kids. Jennifer Washburn, who runs the iKids Childhood Enrichment Center in Marshall County, stepped in to help. She received...

Uncertainty and financial challenges looming, CPE holds back on statewide tuition limits for next year

Amid the uncertainty and financial challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education voted Friday to forgo a statewide cap on tuition next year for in-state, undergraduate students at public colleges and universities. The decision provides universities, along with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, maximum flexibility to respond to student needs and shore up...

Kentucky to distribute federal funding to arts organizations impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that Kentucky has received more than $450,000 in funding to provide novel coronavirus prevention, preparedness and response assistance to nonprofit arts organizations throughout the commonwealth as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. “As Kentucky starts to rebuild, we must provide support for businesses and organizations that have...

Southern agricultural economists explain COVID-19 legislation, offer resources for producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Members of the Southern Extension Economics Committee have developed a YouTube video and a PowerPoint presentation to help producers understand how recent legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic affects them. “About a week ago, committee members started receiving an overwhelming amount of calls from stakeholders about the effects of the rapidly evolving...

Kentucky higher education to receive at least $156 million in federal relief due to pandemic

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is projecting that the federal CARES Act will provide at least $156 million in relief funds this year to Kentucky colleges and universities, including $78 million to help students with expenses related to disruptions to their education during the COVID-19 outbreak. Officials from the CPE finalized the analysis last week following guidance from the U.S....

Kentucky Humanities now accepting applications for CARES Act emergency operating grants

Kentucky Humanities has been provided with grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist cultural institutions affected by the Coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress and signed into law last month by President Donald Trump. A Kentucky Humanities CARES Act Grant will provide unrestricted operating...

Kentucky farmers now eligible for small business loans to retain employees during pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky farmers are now eligible to benefit from a new program through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Until passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security (CARES) Act, farmers were excluded from SBA’s emergency loan programs. “Since taking office four years ago, I have always advocated for federal agencies and the public to see our 75,000...