Dustin Pugel

Bill loosening Kentucky child labor laws clears House committee

BY: - February 15, 2024

FRANKFORT — Some Kentucky teenagers could work longer and later hours —  something critics say threatens youngsters’ safety and success in life — under a bill approved by a House committee Thursday with Republican support. House Bill 255, sponsored by Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, would repeal Kentucky’s existing child labor laws and align them with […]

Anti-hunger advocates condemn bill to close ‘wildly abused loopholes’ in SNAP

BY: - February 15, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill that backers say is intended to encourage more Kentuckians to join the workforce but which advocates warn could lead to food insecurity passed out of a House committee Thursday along party lines.  Among other things, House Bill 367 seeks to give the General Assembly power over decisions about work requirements for […]

Despite increase, House budget won’t save Kentucky child care from ‘cliff,’ advocates say

BY: - February 1, 2024

FRANKFORT — Faith Lutheran Learning Center, a child care provider in Lexington, is already operating on a budget deficit.  And while the GOP budget that came out of the House Thursday does some good for child care, center director Charla Heersche said it’s not enough to keep her out of the red. COVID-era federal dollars […]

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Left behind, Kentucky clings to outdated policy that devalues citizens, diminishes competitiveness

BY: - January 26, 2024

Kentucky is too often slow to embrace beneficial economic and social change. Yet the news that 22 other states and 43 cities and counties raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 is especially frustrating, considering the years advocates here have pushed for reforms. We remain one of 20 states still adhering to the $7.25 an […]