What Does Kentucky Value?

Most folks working to revive our region’s economy agree that it is increasingly difficult to do if the state of Kentucky is not providing the basic investments we need in education, health, human services and infrastructure. So in this episode we are doing a deep dive into Kentucky’s budget and revenue options as the governor […]

Rethinking Retraining

In the midst of the Appalachian region’s declining industries, politicians are betting big on job training, with millions directed at those who lost jobs in coal mining and power plants. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced nearly $5 million for worker training programs in Appalachia. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced more than $2 […]

After Six Years Will SOAR Lift Off?

Appalachia’s coal country is struggling to diversity its economy amidst the collapse of the coal industry. SOAR, or Shaping Our Appalachian Future, is an effort begun 6 years ago by Rep. Hal Rogers and then Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to rebuild the regional economy. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Sydney Boles attended the annual meeting and […]

Kentucky Can Do Better With Tax Reform

One of the biggest challenges affecting efforts to rebuild eastern Kentucky’s economy is the failure of the state to properly invest in the region and its people due to an inadequate tax system that has led to repeated budget cuts to education, health care, social services, infrastructure and more. In this episode, Jason Bailey, Executive […]