HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Bevin tells WYMT he knows how to get Kentuckians back to work. On Thursday, Bevin announced his jobs plan at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Hazard.
The Republican said in order to create jobs in the commonwealth the government needs to step aside.
"We need to create incentives for people to start employing six people or 16. Maybe 60. That is how jobs will come back again," said Bevin.
He has a six part plan to do just that.
First, he said we need to increase global competitiveness and decrease regulatory burdens. Then he wants to pass a national right to work law. Bevin also said we must remove the burden on the state's infrastructure costs and improve education. Finally, he wants to simplify the tax code.
"If we do not cut corporate tax rates in an effort to get people to start companies here and keep companies here, then we are in a world of hurt," said Bevin.
With regards to the coal industry, Bevin said we need to change the way it is regulated by taking that power from government agencies like the EPA.
"Let it be an act of Congress. It is not something then that an un-elected official can just decide to pick winners and losers and say coal is going to be eliminated," said Bevin.
He also believes tourism could offer potential jobs in the future.
While in town, Bevin came to our studios for a taping of Issues and Answers. That will air Monday at seven p.m. on WYMT.