Kentucky

Report: Kentucky's tax system unbalanced

Jan 30, 2013

A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes.

The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket pays roughly 5 percent of the state’s income tax, while the bottom 20 percent pays 9 percent.

Middle income levels are saddled with a higher percent, according to the report.

Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, says the numbers show tax reform needs to happen quickly in Kentucky to better balance the burdens.

Poll: Raise Kentucky's dropout age

Jan 28, 2013

A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor raising the dropout age to 18 years old.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 with a parent’s permission. But Governor Steve Beshear has pushed to change that.

A poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 85 percent of parents agree with the governor and would like to see the age raised to 18.

The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky.

Hemptations Revisited

Jan 15, 2013

On January 11, 2013, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer addressed the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors regarding the development of industrial hemp.

Last May we spoke with Beach, the owner and operator of Hemptations in O'Bryonville.  Hemptations is the region's largest proprietor of hemp-based products which include clothing, paper, lotions, soaps, thread and many other products for everyday use.

Kentucky may have been won handily by Republican Mitt Romney in the general election, but Democrats from the Bluegrass State will be partying in Washington, D.C. Sunday to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama.

The Kentucky Democratic Party is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on K Street in Washington, with Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Dan Logsdon on hand.

Kentucky's tax amnesty is winding down and the officials running it are expecting the response during the final days to be overwhelming.  The program started October 1.  Mack Gillim with the Department of Revenue said more than 11,000 applications have come in so far.

"Of that, a little over 9,000 were in-state applications and almost 2,000 out of state," said Gillim.  "We've had over 23,000 phone calls and 46,000 plus visits to our website."

Gillim said, based on Kentucky's previous amnesty programs, there could be another 20,000 or so applications. 

A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

Nov 16, 2012

Roberta Schultz has a review of the book A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music from University Press of Kentucky.


It’s a beautiful time of year to get out into nature, maybe take a hike or camp out for a night or two. One of the most popular locations for folks around here is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and author Sean Patrick Hill provides a comprehensive look at all that the Gorge offers visitors. He is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about his soon-to-be-released book, Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge: Your Definitive Guide to the Jewel of the Southeast.


Michael Keating

Efforts to turn the Purple People Bridge into a unique tourist attraction are moving forward.

"Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky"

Oct 12, 2012

Our Roberta Schultz has a review of the new book from Kentucky Press, Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacity (Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series) by Nora Rose Moosnick.

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