Thursday, March 6, 2008

A tale of two committees

Today in the House Economic Development Committee (which I am on), we heard two different bills that were designed to improve economic development. I forget the number of one, the other was HB 718. Now, HB 718 would not be an improvement in my view, but that is a topic for another time. There was much discussion during both about increasing job growth in the rural areas of Kentucky, especially Eastern Kentucky.

Then later in the day there was expected to be a vote in Appropriations and Revenue Committee on the "Stream Saver" bill. It would basically eliminate a certain type of coal mining called mountain top removal. Now, some people would view passage of this bill as a good thing. But there is no argument that it would cost hundreds if not thousands of jobs in.............yep, Eastern Kentucky. Right where we need all the jobs.

Only in Frankfort.