A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bill Straub: ‘Tis the season; since lots of kids are hungry, can we figure out how to feed them?

‘Tis the season, as they say, and Kentuckians caught up in the spirit are ready to spread the sort of comfort and joy one might expect as Christmas draws near. Well, most of them anyway. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, a sterling advocate of the “I’ve got mine I don’t care about yours’’ philosophy of Ayn Rand, is at it again. In a state where 20 percent of the children...

EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

Despite economic progress, many Kentuckians still struggling to afford basic necessities

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows continued progress in our economy overall but a relatively large share of Kentuckians still struggling to afford the basics, especially people of color, and a lack of progress for communities in eastern Kentucky. The data shows 17.2 percent of Kentuckians lived below the poverty line in 2017. The state’s poverty rate is an improvement from the 18.5 percent rate in...

Commentary: Kentucky organizations urge protection of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Dustin Pugel Policy Analyst, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state’s economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard...

Col Owens: Middle class ‘hollowing out;’ we need to rebalance our overall economy for stability, security

Financial advisors recommend that investment portfolios be routinely rebalanced, even when they are doing well, to achieve long-term stability and security. In much the same way, we need to rebalance our overall economy – to achieve long-term stability and security. Our present economy is healthy in several respects. Unemployment is low, and median household incomes have recently increased. However,...

Data shows income rises for Kentucky households in 2015 but progress needed to reduce poverty

New Census data released Thursday shows median household incomes in Kentucky rose by over $2,000 in Kentucky last year, evidence of an improving economy with rising wages for workers. However, the number of Kentuckians in poverty continues to be too high and some rural parts of the state are showing little progress. Median household income in Kentucky rose from $43,014 in 2014 to $45,215 in 2015,...

Gena Bigler: What does poverty look like
in Kentucky? The answer might shock you

What does poverty look like? A recent KET documentary, Price of Poverty in Kentucky, took a look at poverty in Kentucky, and the answer to that question is grim.   Children are suffering the most. According to Attica Scott, a Louisville Metro councilwoman, 12,000 Louisville children are homeless. That is a shocking number of children with no bed of their own, no dining room table to do homework...

Gena Bigler: What does poverty look like in Kentucky? The answer might shock you

What does poverty look like? A recent KET documentary, Price of Poverty in Kentucky, took a look at poverty in Kentucky, and the answer to that question is grim.   Children are suffering the most. According to Attica Scott, a Louisville Metro councilwoman, 12,000 Louisville children are homeless. That is a shocking number of children with no bed of their own, no dining room table to do homework...