Faculty Research at Morehead State University

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The eastern portion of Kentucky has long had insufficient tax revenues available to provide quality public services for local residents. Frequently, the response by legislators and others within the region has been to request additional resources from the state and federal levels of government for service provision. Particularly in present times of limited resources, the higher units of government would do well to ask the question: "Is this region truly poor, or are its residents simply unwilling to tax themselves at the same level as the rest of the state?" The purpose of this report is to provide a method for answering that question that can help officials at a higher level of government decide whether a local area merits resource redistribution for public service provision.



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