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Grant allows former Ky. governor to start treatment, housing for addicts in 101 rural counties, 47 in state

An organization headed by former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher will get $6.6 million in federal funds “to establish a center of excellence for substance-abuse disorder and . . . provide treatment and housing options for low-income and high-risk individuals in 47 Kentucky counties,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a press release. Dr. Ernie Fletcher spoke in...

Letter to the editor: Ky. organizations stand against Trump administration attacks on immigrant families

A radical and punishing rule change proposed by the President’s administration would harm immigrant families in Kentucky and across the country. By keeping families from meeting their basic needs, jeopardizing immigration status and taking resources out of Kentucky communities, the proposal is an affront to our commonwealth. The “public charge” rule change would count legal participation in programs...

Anna Baumann: New report shows Kentucky’s tax system contributes to increased income inequality

In Kentucky, the income inequality that exists between our poorest and wealthiest residents is magnified by the structure of our tax system. And thanks to the new tax law enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, that problem is getting worse. Income inequality is soaring in an economy where the winners increasingly take all. The wealthiest 1 percent of Kentuckians make 94 times more a year on average...

KHC’s Edwin King to join Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Advisory Council

Edwin King, executive director of Kentucky Housing Corporation, has been selected to serve on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Advisory Council. The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is responsible for research, analysis, and engagement on economic issues facing underserved and lower-income individuals and communities across the federal Fourth District, comprising of Eastern Kentucky,...

Lexington’s new upLIFT program offers free Lextran transportation services for city’s homeless

Lexington is partnering with Lextran to launch upLIFT, a new program that will offer free, conditional transportation services for the area’s homeless population. The program’s goal is to eliminate one of the most common barriers — transportation — for those who are homeless and seeking employment, medical services, child care, housing or other basic living activities. “Giving a person...