Category Archive: Kentucky

Mar
03

Where have Kentucky’s Workers Gone?

Nationally, the percentage of adults with a job has fallen from 63.3% in January 2007 to 59.6% in January 2016.  This phenomenon has largely been explained by three factors.  Students are going to school longer (without working their way through school). More people are retiring even as life expectancies are increasing.  Finally, more people are …

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Jul
31

Kentucky’s Labor Market Ranks 49th

A recent CNBC report found that Kentucky was the 36th most business friendly state in the US.  Looking behind the numbers we find that they ranked Kentucky’s labor market second worst in the country.  The health of a labor market in their study is a reflection of the education level of the work force, the …

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Feb
19

Kentucky’s Budget and Tax “Reform”

Kentucky’s taxing, spending, and borrowing policies are haphazard at best.  At worst, they are working to impoverish average Kentuckians.  In 2012, the poverty rate in Kentucky was 18.6%, well above the national average of 14.9%.  A big reason why Kentucky’s poverty rate is so high is that Kentucky’s employment rate currently ranks 39th among US …

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Jun
17

Job creation, not more taxes, will spur Ky. prosperity

The following appeared in the May 27th edition of the Lexington Herald Leader.  It was written as a response to Jason Bailey’s May 4th  editorial in the same paper. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy and a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission, argued that the Bluegrass state …

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Apr
29

Candy Culture

Easter came last weekend and the massive infusion of sugar into my bloodstream (I ration all of my kids’ Easter candy to a piece a day which gives me time to reallocate all their chocolate to me) got me thinking about our candy culture. I’m beginning to think that our motto on the US dollar …

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Mar
18

Peter, Paul, and Poverty

Here are the top 10 poorest states according to the US Census Bureau’s analysis of people living below the poverty line. Kentucky, sadly, ranks third poorest. Kentucky also ranks 46th in per capita beer consumption, so it’s not the “demon rum” that’s keeping them down. Matthew 26:11 indicates that “The poor you will always have …

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Sep
27

Kentucky’s Fiscal Crisis

Kentucky is facing a fiscal crisis. Kentucky’s government is deep in debt and it is facing billions in unfunded pension liabilities. Kentucky’s debt and pension problems are exacerbated by the fact that Kentucky’s economy has been a laggard in economic growth. Left unchecked, Kentucky’s fiscal freefall will only serve to impoverish Kentuckians for generations to …

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Nov
20

Kentucky’s Economy: Structural Problems and Solutions

Former Presidential advisor Herb Stein once said, “Unsustainable trends tend to come to [an] end”. In other words, ignoring reality doesn’t change reality. That’s why it is important to use this economic recession to ask the “big” questions. What structural problems exist in Kentucky’s economy that impede economic growth? What can be done to fix …

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