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Budget agreement includes cuts, full pension contributions and some new revenue

By Ashley Spalding Kentucky Center for Economic Policy The state budget passed Monday by the General Assembly for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is very similar to the House’s budget proposal. Like the House proposal, the budget agreement – and accompanying revenue bill – includes substantial cuts in many areas but also raises a small amount of revenue and relies heavily on fund transfers in order...

Gena Bigler: The myth of ‘Jackpot justice’ does disservice to victims, justice system

The myth of “jackpot justice” does a huge disservice to the victims and to the justice system. Many people believe you can get rich from lawsuits, but honestly I wouldn’t trade places with any of the millionaire clients I’ve seen. A million dollars sounds like a lot until you see the needs and the suffering of the victims.   An average middle class American will earn a million dollars...