“I think, as one person said the other day, ‘we’ve never had a person running for lieutenant governor with more experience in economic development,’” Abramson said. “That’s what I did for 21 years, creating jobs in Louisville, working with businesses, attracting investment.”
At Cadiz Restaurant, Abramson greeted members of the Trigg County Democratic Committee and talked about what the governor is doing to make sure the state’s budget is balanced, and he also talked about how important infrastructure and a good educational system are bringing new jobs to Kentucky and keeping the ones already here.
Of all the areas that received cuts in the state’s budget, education was cut the least, he added.
Abramson said he wants to “make sure the safety nest is still there to protect those who are going through difficult times.”
“It’s the job issue, and at the same time we’ve got thousands and thousands and thousands of Kentucky families who never thought they’d be on Medicaid, never thought their children would be on KCHIP for health care and we’ve got to make sure that safety net is there for them,” he said.
Abramson also talked about the area’s natural beauty and why that should be an economic asset, and he mentioned Land Between the Lakes. He also talked about why the people of Kentucky should continue to be concerned about the economy.
On the other hand, the state can’t do anything to bring jobs to rural areas like Trigg County without the cooperation of local community leaders.
“Number one, that means you have an educated workforce, so the local community spends its time ensuring that its kids are given a good education,” Abramson said.
He also noted that there are many areas in rural Kentucky where people only have access to dial-up Internet, and probably some areas where even that isn’t available, and he believes that there is much work to do in that area.
Abramson stated that as governor, Beshear has helped balance the state’s budget for several years now without having to raise taxes by making necessary cuts. He also said Beshear has led the state through disasters such as the ice storm.
“That’s basically what I hear everywhere I go, a lot of focus on education, community colleges, universities, K – 12, making sure teachers are paid appropriately,” Abramson said.
He stated that Illinois just raised individual taxes by 66 percent and corporate taxes by 44 percent, and that while New Jersey recently laid off 3,000 teachers, Kentucky hasn’t had to do that.
Abramson wouldn’t comment on whether he intends to run for governor himself in four years, stating that his top priority is to help Beshear win another term as governor.