Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made a stop in Hopkinsville Monday afternoon to host a community forum, where he fielded many questions from the public.
It was a packed house in the Hopkinsville City Council chambers as the Governor discussed policy and the future he envisions for the commonwealth. On the topic of economic growth, Governor Bevin credits Right-to-Work legislation with creating a competitive environment that has attracted businesses.
He says that he and lawmakers will continue to cut red tape and modernize codes to make Kentucky more inviting for industry. He says tax reform will certainly help all citizens and while they accomplished some this past session, he thinks the state needs to move to a consumption based tax.
When asked about recent cuts to education, specifically colleges and universities, Governor Bevin says there is a limited amount of money to go around and support those institutions like they should be.
In the end, the Governor says his version of success for Kentucky will be when leaders from other states wonder why people are leaving their states to come here.
Many topics were discussed, including the reform of the adoption and foster care system, the apprenticeship program through the Labor Cabinet that hopes to create skilled workers and more. The forum became heated at times, but mostwho attended remained cordial and peaceful.