KET presents second edition of special The Price of Poverty in Kentucky

June 17 program to feature examination of Kentucky's working poor and struggling middle class

On the second installment of The Price of Poverty in Kentucky, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw examine Kentucky’s "working poor" and middle-class income earners who are struggling to make ends meet. The program premieres Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) on KET.

The program features Jere Downs, a journalist with the Louisville Courier-Journal who focuses her writing on life after the economic meltdown and the changing financial realities for many households in Jefferson and surrounding counties. The program also travels to Owingsville to explore the work of the Christian Social Services Center and NewHope Clinic. In addition, Dave Adkisson, president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, discusses the business community's response to poverty in Kentucky and why higher wages for workers oversimplify the complexity of poverty's possible solutions.

The Price of Poverty in Kentucky also will feature a panel of experts. Scheduled panelists include:

  • Jason Bailey, director, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
  • Richard Nelson, executive director, Commonwealth Policy Center and a Trigg County magistrate
  • Adrienne Gilbert, moderator, Take Back Kentucky
  • Bonifacio Aleman, executive director, Kentucky Jobs with Justice
  • John Garen, professor of economics, University of Kentucky

The Price of Poverty in Kentucky is a KET production, produced by Renee Shaw.


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