The Blue Grass state borders seven other states and is one of four that calls itself a commonwealth. While coal extraction is a significant share of the Kentucky economy, the state is also a major manufacturer of automobiles, has a thriving agriculture and cattle industry, and is known around the world for its horse breeding and thoroughbred racing. Kentucky is also a state that is working hard to address serious fiscal challenges. Pew’s evidence-based research has helped Kentucky develop policies for cutting corrections and juvenile justice costs and recidivism, reducing the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, and supporting an innovative home visiting program.

  • $26.2 billion unfunded pension liability in 2012

  • $87,000 annual cost of holding a juvenile in a secure facility

  • 2.9% reduction in tax revenue in 2013 from peak quarter adjusted for inflation

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