Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidates Outline Agendas To Increase Jobs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's candidates for governor both
say they have plans for increasing jobs in Kentucky, especially in
impoverished areas.

Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher and his Democratic challenger
Steve Beshear outline their plans in a questionnaire by The
Associated Press.

Fletcher says under his tenure, Kentucky's economy has made
solid progress. Beshear, however, disagrees saying the state
continues to lag behind.

Beshear says Fletcher failed to provide proper leadership needed
for economic development. Meanwhile, Fletcher says his guiding
principle as governor has been boosting economic opportunity.

Both say education is key for stimulating new job growth.

Fletcher says the state has spent more money on education since
he's been governor.

Beshear says he wants to modernize work force training and make
college more accessible. Beshear also says Kentucky should focus on
encouraging business startups and expansions.

Fletcher says an energy bill he recently signed into law offers
hundreds of millions in financial incentives to companies willing
to certain power plants in Kentucky.

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