Governor creates task force to help disadvantaged with finding jobs

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin announced on Tuesday a new task force created to help people find jobs who might otherwise not be able to.

The Kentucky Work Matters Task Force will have 23 members on it. The council is made up of members of Bevin's cabinet, Democratic and Republican legislators, and business owners.

Hal Heiner, the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, was in attendance for the announcement. He said this task force could help address one of the common complaints his office hears from workplaces. "We hear from those in advanced manufacturing saying we cannot meet production goals because we don't have enough employees," Heiner said.

During the announcement, Governor Bevin highlighted two men with down syndrome who are employed. But he said the task force wouldn't be solely focused on people with disabilities.

"It is, as you have heard, about people coming out of our prison system. About people coming out of drug rehabilitation programs. It is about disabled veterans. It's about so many different facets of our community that may or may not get the attention they need," the governor said.

The first meeting of the task force took place on Tuesday afternoon. Those members met in the annex as soon as the press conference was over.

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