Weak attempt at reform

While state lawmakers and defenders of the status-quo pat themselves on the back for a last-minute, “successful” legislative session, the standard of living for all Kentuckians continues to be in danger. Once again, state lawmakers failed during a legislative session to enact meaningful public pension system reform. Rather than take effective action against a $34…

Kentucky coal not-so-fun facts

Compared to 2011, 2012 saw Kentucky coal face some alarming set-backs: Total jobs lost, 4,028. Mining employment, down 22 percent. Underground mining employment, down 15.4 percent. Surface mining employment, down 34.8 percent. Eastern Kentucky mining employment, down 29.9 percent. Total production was 91.4 million tons, down 16.3 percent. Eastern Kentucky production, down 27.6 percent. Though…