State employment task force unveils year-long findings

FRANKFORT, Ky, (WKYT) - Legislators and cabinet leaders stood beside the governor Tuesday in support of the state’s “Work Matters” task force and its findings.

The government task force was created last year to boost employment in the state, and aims to help marginalized groups in the community. It’s specifically targeting people with disabilities, veterans, foster youth, people with criminal records and those with substance abuse disorders.

"In the past, far too often we've incentivized folks to not work. Those days have to be over,” said Senate President Pro Tem Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon. “We need to incentivize folks to go to work."

The policy options displayed today were a year in the making. The task force tackled specific workplace problems.

"It’s necessity. It really is. We have the lowest unemployment we've ever had in the history of this state,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We have an increasingly higher level of workforce participation, which has increased 20% in just the last two years. These kind of things are putting real pressure on the labor force.”

The state has already adopted several of the task force’s recommendations, and they want private business leaders to do the same.

The “Work Matters” task force was modeled after the federal government’s findings on disability employment.

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