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Kentucky facing budget shortfall of nearly $500 million due to conditions caused by pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A report issued Thursday by the state budget director’s office shows a potential general fund revenue shortfall of $318.7 to $495.7 million for the 2020 fiscal year that ends June 30, due to conditions caused by the coronavirus. In the Quarterly Economic and Revenue Report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, state Budget Director John Hicks said, “The revenue...

Economic Policy Institute says right-to-work laws don’t increase employment — they reduce wages

Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Right-to-work laws do not bring jobs – and in fact reduce wages – according to new research. The laws say that even workers covered by union contracts don’t have to pay anything toward the cost of getting and keeping the contract. Supporters argue that states with the laws see job growth because employers are drawn by their business climate. In 2017,...

Rural Blog: Former coal executive Zatezalo nominated to head federal mine safety agency

President Trump’s pick to head the federal mine-safety agency is David Zatezalo, who “repeatedly clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration Labor Department tried to step up industry-wide enforcement in the wake of the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in a generation,” Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The White House announced a long list of...