A new voice in Kentucky public policy debates

A new think tank has been created to study Kentucky issues and analyze the public policies being developed to address them.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy is a project of the Berea-based Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, which has a long track record of producing quality research on issues affecting Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. The center’s Web site is at: www.kypolicy.org.

The center’s first report looks at how $3.4 billion in federal stimulus money shored up Kentucky’s budget — and how the state will be affected now that stimulus spending is coming to an end.

“Kentucky relied heavily on Recovery Act dollars to plug holes in the 2009-2010 state budget and to craft a balanced budget in 2011-2012,” the center’s director, Jason Bailey, said in a news release about the report.  “Those funds dry up this year, however, at a time when the economy remains in a deep hole.”

Click here to download the report. You can sign up to receive future updates at the Center’s Web site.

Expect the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy to provide some progressive balance to the conservative Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, based in Bowling Green.

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