Thousands of Kentucky workers continue looking for new opportunities in a state where the employment landscape continues to dramatically change. Coal jobs have seen a steep decline – as have manufacturing positions – many of which have been relocated overseas.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says congress can take action to make Kentucky and every other state more attractive to U.S. companies.
“We can fund investments in American businesses that create jobs for Kentucky workers,” said Grimes in a phone interview with WKU Public Radio Wednesday. “I think we can expand tax credits for businesses relocating to the United States and end the tax breaks for businesses that ship jobs outside of the Commonwealth. Rebuilding Kentucky’s manufacturing sector is a priority for me,” said Grimes.
As for increased EPA regulations which have been partially blamed for the loss of coal jobs, Grimes says, if elected, she will work closely with lawmakers from both parties to make sure national energy policy has a “meaningful, long-term place” for coal.
Grimes is trying to defeat five-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell in the November 4th election.