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Small business priorities related to PPP loans and childcare move to final legislative steps

Two bills important to the survival of small businesses across Kentucky passed through committees Friday, sending them to their final legislative steps. Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, restricts regulations that can be imposed on certified family childcare homes in an effort to encourage more in-home care, which could expand access to childcare for Kentucky’s working families. The...

Kentucky enters final stretch in effort to secure responses to 2020 United States Census

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentuckians have a few more weeks to secure the resources they will rely on for the next decade by completing their 2020 U.S. Census form. In early September, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop attempting to cut short census operations, after the Census Bureau announced it will continue collecting data until Oct. 31. The order remains in...

Survey shows impact of in-home school, childcare on Kentucky’s workforce during COVID-19 pandemic

A survey of business leaders across the state in the wake of changes to schools and childcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic shows a large part of the state’s workforce have children under 18 and will have to teach from home when school starts back while working. The survey, conducted by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, was sent out with a goal of compiling information to help businesses...

Ashli Watts: Road to recovery depends on legal liability, unemployment fund, education/childcare

As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the road to Kentucky’s economic recovery will no doubt be longer than we would prefer, but the length of the journey will ultimately be decided by how we address three key issues: unemployment insurance, legal liability and the education and care for our children. Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund now has a balance of $0. Mandated business...

Local Coronavirus Response Fund sets fundraising goal of $1 million, awards $370,000 to area nonprofits

United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Community Foundation have announced a fundraising goal of $1 million for the Coronavirus Response Fund. The two organizations joined forces last month to launch the Coronavirus Response Fund to provide critical support to vulnerable populations across their joint service area adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund is supporting local and...