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Pew Charitable Trusts: States almost ready to press the ‘panic button’ as federal shutdown rolls on

By Matt Vasilogambros Pew Charitable Trusts President Donald Trump’s warning that the partial federal government shutdown could last “for months or even years” has states, cities and businesses increasingly nervous. States depend on federal money to pay for food stamps, welfare and programs such as the Child Care and Development Fund Plan, the National Flood Insurance Program and the Land and...

Federal officials say Kentuckians’ SNAP benefits will be protected as government shutdown drags on

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Federal officials say fallout from the government shutdown will not impact the food security of families already living on the edge in Kentucky and other states. There were concerns that funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP could dry up after January, but the Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is working with states...

Tom Block: Congress' return to Washington forces budget, foreign affairs issues to fore

This week Congress returns to Washington after its five-week recess and has three weeks to pass a spending plan for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Everything Congress does in the next few weeks will have the November election not far from mind and influencing every action.   There will also be much debate on foreign affairs as Congress and the president look for a united course of action...

Campbellsville University SGA stages own government shutdown as ‘teachable moment’

The doors to the Campbellsville University Student Government Association office are not only closed, they’re taped up. The SGA will reopen next week. (Photo from CU)   By Joan C. McKinney Special to KyForward   The U.S. Government is shut down, and so is Campbellsville University’s Student Government Association.   There is yellow caution tape on the office door and windows...

State tourist attractions still open even as government shutdown closes national parks

While the federal government shutdown has temporarily closed several national parks in Kentucky, all Kentucky state parks, as well as private attractions, remain open.   The national sites in Kentucky closed by the shutdown are Mammoth Cave National Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, and Cumberland Gap National Historical...

Lewis Donohew: Who are you, GOP, and when will you return to the party of Lincoln?

GOP, we hardly know you.   Can your party shift so far to the right and survive in a demographically changing America, or will it become a minority party, getting elected only in its safe heavily Republican enclaves? Will it not be capable of anything greater than blocking or slowing legislation favoring those of us who work for a wage or run a small business? Is the ideology you are demonstrating...

Gena Bigler: Put yourself in shoes of a worker
furloughed during the government shutdown

Imagine your boss telling you that you are “not essential” and you are off work without pay for an unknown length of time. What do you do? How do prepare for everyday life without an income?   According to a recent study, 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck with little or no savings. Of those, 27 percent have no savings at all. For many families, even a brief loss of...