Jason Bailey

House budget raises fears of cuts to Medicaid services, enrollment

BY: - February 13, 2024

Advocates and state officials, alarmed about cuts to Medicaid in the budget proposal approved by the Kentucky House Feb. 1, hope to make their case for changes as the Senate takes up the approximately $60-billion-a-year spending plan. That begins Wednesday, with the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee scheduled to hear from Eric Friedlander, secretary of […]

House passes two-year Kentucky budget, $1.7 billion in one-time spending

BY: - February 1, 2024

FRANKFORT — After hours of questioning and much criticism from Democrats, the GOP-dominated Kentucky House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $129.6 billion two-year state spending plan. The House also approved more than $1.7 billion in one-time spending from the state’s record-high “rainy day” fund which will pay down pension liabilities and fund infrastructure, in […]

The ABCs of Kentucky’s economy

BY: - January 8, 2024

As the Kentucky General Assembly gathers in Frankfort, lawmakers will be looking for ways to lift Kentucky’s workforce participation rate, attract employers and usher in a more prosperous future. They’ll likely consider tax policy, infrastructure subsidies and education’s role in growing an economy, making this a good time to look at the bigger economic picture. […]

Kentucky reports another record surplus. Will it lead to a third income tax cut?

BY: - July 10, 2023

Kentucky brought in a record $15.1 billion in general fund tax revenue during the last fiscal year — the most ever — buoyed by a strong jobs market, increasing salaries and wages and continued industry profits, the state budget director’s office announced Monday. Revenue in fiscal year 2023 exceeded budgeted expectations by about $1.4 billion, […]