Policy

Articles discussing a current or proposed policy, and what is good and bad about it.

Red flag laws saved 7,300 Americans from gun deaths in 2020 alone – and could have saved 11,400 more Subscribers Public

Do red flag laws make a difference? This scholar looked at the numbers, and found that red flag laws definitely make a difference.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Analysis

A policy analyst debunks “slow recovery” claims being used to cut the safety net Subscribers Public

Some are saying KY’s recovery is slow, so we need to cut the safety net to drive people back into the workforce. Dustin Pugel explains why that is the exact wrong thing to do.

Forward Kentucky
Forward Kentucky
Analysis

Why are Republicans attacking your schools? Subscribers Public

Our public schools have been under increasing attack in recent years, with the attacks mainly led by Republicans. Here are three reasons they are coming after public education.

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples
Commentary

Auditor should ‘follow the data,’ scrutinize ‘tacit collusion’ between contractors, cabinet Subscribers Public

Why doesn’t the KY Department of Transportation award so many one-bid contracts? Perhaps state auditor Harmon should find out.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Commentary

SNAP benefits have twice the impact on rural communities than urban ones, new USDA study shows Subscribers Public

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits not only provide struggling Americans with food, but also disproportionately help rural communities' economies, according to a newly published study.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Policy

Private school tax credit program is unconstitutional Subscribers Public

Instead of giving handouts to select private schools, shouldn’t we be restoring funding for public schools?

Guest Author
Guest Author
Commentary

Why broadband internet is as important as electricity for rural residents Subscribers Public

The need for rural broadband has been talked about until it’s practically a standard, and empty, campaign slogan. Even piecemeal improvements take forever. No wonder small-town America feels disconnected — it’s because it is, literally and figuratively.

Paul Wesslund
Paul Wesslund
Policy

‘Tax the rich’? Democrats’ plans to make the wealthy pay a little more will barely dent America’s long slide from progressive taxation Subscribers Public

The U.S. used to have a rigorously progressive tax system – but now, the uber-rich actually pay a lower tax rate than the poorest citizens. Read this to learn more.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Policy

Statement: Expiration of unemployment benefits will increase hardship, will not improve state’s jobs picture Subscribers Public

September 4 will be the last day for three jobless benefit programs, leaving nearly 40,000 Kentuckians without income from unemployment insurance as the Delta variant of COVID-19 is surging through the commonwealth.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Policy

Record surplus creates opportunity to reinvest in Kentucky Subscribers Public

For once, we are looking at large surpluses in our state budget. Our lawmakers need to use those surpluses to invest in our state and our people.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Policy

Voting with disabilities: Major improvements in Kentucky Subscribers Public

In 2016, Kentucky was dead last in disability voting rates. In 2020, we had the largest increase in disability voting rates in the country. Dr. Neal Turpin explains why.

Neal Turpin
Neal Turpin
Policy

Voting with disabilities? It’s tough in the Bluegrass Subscribers Public

The ability to freely cast a ballot is fundamental to democracy. While most adults in the US have the right to vote (those convicted of felonies [https://forwardky.com/time-to-restore-felon-voting-rights/] being a major exclusion), many in this country still face serious practical barriers to casting a ballot. One group facing

Neal Turpin
Neal Turpin
Policy
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