Kentucky’s community mental health centers (CMHC’s) – that provide therapy and recovery services for people struggling with mental illness and substance abuse, as well as those with developmental and intellectual disabilities – have not received a state funding increase since the 1990’s. Investing in a stronger Commonwealth means investing in public and mental health and those with disabilities. Hundreds of those affected by those budget cuts and lack of funding took to the Capitol Rotunda to make that case. According […]
“Earlier last week, a coalition of 20 education, labor and social-service groups, calling itself Kentucky Together, announced a new initiative to make the case for raising state revenues for much-needed investments in public education and social services. Read more by Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen here.
The taxes we pay in Kentucky are invested in things that make us stronger together like schools, libraries, roads and parks, to name a few. When we all chip in, we share the benefits of an educated, healthy workforce and thriving communities. But due to an ever-expanding set of special interest carve-outs, we have less to invest. In fact, tax breaks are growing so big in the Commonwealth that the money we leave on the table through various exemptions, exclusions, […]
A comprehensive preview of the upcoming two-year Kentucky state budget confirms both a massive funding gap facing the state for the next two years and a need for reinvestment in many areas post-recession. Authored by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP), the report notes that expected growth in state revenue the first year of the new budget will be at least $500 million less than basic new costs the state will face in pensions, corrections, Medicaid and school population […]