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American Economy Nearly Stalls
What Dreams are Made of
American Economy Nearly Stalls
A federal report just released showed that the American economy stalled in the fourth quarter with a growth rate of just 0.6 percent, marking its worst year since 2002.
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State Budget Mess: It Just Gets Worse and Worse
Meals on Wheels Brightens the Day for Many Seniors
State Budget Mess: It Just Gets Worse and Worse
During a budget meeting in the House, Wednesday, experts from the Health and Human Services Cabinet described a very disturbing future for their services to the people of Kentucky. These Cabinet officials told lawmakers that cuts proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear would lead to fewer Meals on Wheels and elimination of programs at the state’s 14 community mental health centers.
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States seek alternatives to more prisons
States seek alternatives to more prisons
In 1970, there were 3,000 inmates in Kentucky prisons. That number spiked to 22,400 in 2006 costing the state $371 million. Incarceration costs are expected to spike to $417 million for 2007-2008 as the number of incarcerations continues to rise. Unfortunately, Kentucky is not alone in this problem. The PEW Trust and Stateline.org have looked at the issue of how increased prison population will become a major economic factor in state budgets during 2008. It is an excellent overview of the problem.
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Governor’s Budget to Cut Justice System
Kentucky Justice System at Work
Governor’s Budget to Cut Justice System
Kentuckians are expected to go to prison in record numbers from 2008 through 2010. The state expects to lock up over 24,000 felons by fiscal year 2010. This is an increase of 6% over the 22,500 now in jail. However, the proposed Justice Cabinet budget advanced by Governor Beshear listed the following priorities:
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