Education in Kentucky is more than just hours of classroom learning with a lunch break in-between. Whether it’s early childhood education or after school programs, funding for healthy, thriving schools is more than just basic funding. Not all students come to school as prepared as their peers, creating the need for Family Resource and Youth Service Centers. And not every child starts on the same academic level, creating a need for after-school programs to catch up. Funding for these type […]
When it comes to building thriving communities, education is a cornerstone. And when it comes to education, the earlier a child can start learning in a school-like setting, the more successful they will be, research shows. Early childhood education helps the economy by generating jobs and economic activity, as well as savings from reduced public expenditures later in a child’s life. It helps parents by allowing them the freedom to work or go back to school to build the skills […]
Even as most states have begun to restore funding for higher education after cuts during the recession, Kentucky has continued to reduce funding. If the currently proposed budget is passed, funding will have declined 35 percent since 2008. Continued cuts will make it harder for the state to grow and attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce and put our thriving communities at risk. From students to university presidents, many are calling on additional investments in higher education, not cuts.
When it comes to drains on our state budget, special interest tax breaks aren’t the only thing taking money away from vital public services. Another issue is worker misclassification, which occurs when an employer incorrectly designates a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee. This misclassification is not only unfair to the employee — who doesn’t receive protections like unemployment, workers compensation and other benefits of employment rather than contracting — but also to the state budget, which […]