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Kentucky’s 26 member-owned nonprofit electric cooperatives part of state’s clean energy future

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service This month is National Cooperative Month, and Kentucky’s 26 electric co-ops supply power to 1.5 million Commonwealth residents in all 120 counties. Electric cooperatives are member-owned, not-for-profit utility companies, often serving rural areas. Unlike a traditional utility that is beholden to its stakeholders, said Rachel Norton, an energy specialist...

Worker cooperative trainings to be held in Hazard and Morehead this spring to share practical knowledge

More than 26,000 Kentucky businesses, employing more than 300,000 people, are owned by baby boomers, many of whom have not identified the next generation of ownership and could be at risk of closing their businesses when they retire. Transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative or another form of employee ownership could keep these businesses thriving and locally owned. The Mountain Association for...

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says U.S. House tax plan benefits wealthiest Kentuckians

A new 50-state analysis of the U.S. House tax plan released last week reveals that in Kentucky the wealthiest 1 percent of Kentuckians would receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year 1 and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the tax cut would decline over time for every income group in Kentucky except the very richest. House leadership continues to tout the tax...

Daily Yonder: Proposed budget includes
$1 billion that could help hard-hit coal areas

A partially reclaimed mine site (Photo from Daily Yonder)   By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   Struggling coal mining communities would have access to an additional $1 billion in federal funds to rebuild their economies by restoring abandoned mine lands under the President Obama’s budget proposal released Monday.   The funding would allow communities to do mine restoration activities...

Webinar features three Kentucky expertson building coalitions for a healthier state

Staff report   Three Kentucky experts on building coalitions for a healthier state will lead a webinar July 9 at 1 p.m.   Sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the webinar will feature Anita Courtney, Peter Hille and Lacey McNary and be hosted by Rachelle Seger.   Alysha Lewis models the Better Bites t-shirt and Better Bites samples the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition...