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Kentucky kids as young as five or six can legally end up in juvenile court, but new legislation would ban kids 12 and younger from being tried before a judge and prioritize community-based, age-appropriate solutions.
Young people and their advocates are participating in a weeklong series of virtual events urging Kentucky lawmakers to prioritize kids’ safety, health, education and economic well-being in this year’s legislative session.
A bill in KYGA21 would give money to parents to send their children to private schools. Critics argue it would drain $25 million from the state budget in its first year alone, and more each year after.
Kentuckians without health insurance have until Dec. 15 to select a plan during open enrollment. Advocates urge consumers to be wary of short-term limited duration plans, which tend to be cheaper and typically last for three- to six-month intervals.
Since 1996, Kentucky has barred cities and counties from enacting tobacco control measures to govern the marketing and sale of tobacco products. Advocates say such preemptive legislation is outdated and should be repealed.
President Trump paid a mere $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. A UK professor notes this is a reminder of how the nation’s tax system benefits the wealthy at the expense of middle-class and lower-income households.