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 […]

SNAP Cuts Hurt People And Economy

More than 600,000 Kentuckians, many of them children, are going hungry, according to a new “Map the Meal Gap” report by the group Feeding America. The situation could become worse due to changes in the SNAP program that are being implemented at the state and proposed by the Trump Administration on the federal level. Dustin […]

Use AML Funds to Reclaim, Rebuild

Most folks living in central Appalachia would agree that we need to create a new economy to counter the coal industry’s decline. But the question becomes how? Coalfields residents came together several years ago to propose the RECLAIM Act, federal legislation that would more rapidly release money from the $2.5 billion Abandoned Mine Lands Trust […]

Sarah Smarsh, Ken Ward on Rural Realities

Sarah Smarsh, author of the bestseller “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” and Ken Ward, Jr., investigative journalist for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and recipient of the 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Award, share a conversation about media misrepresentations of rural people, and what they see as the real […]