FRANKFORT — While the 2017 legislative session has come to an end, Kentucky is just beginning to see the benefits of the historic policies that were implemented. The New Majority promised to open Kentucky for business, and I am proud to say we did just that.
During the first week of session, we focused on improving the economic climate in Kentucky and passed right-to-work. This is a pro-jobs policy that ensures no individual is required to join a union and pay mandatory union dues as a condition of employment. Because of this legislation, our state has seen historic growth.
With the passage of right-to-work, Kentucky is on track to see a record breaking year in new investments. Since January 2017, 53 companies have pledged new facilities or expansions, investing $5 billion in the Commonwealth. This is only the beginning of a positive trend for our state.
Most recently, Governor Matt Bevin announced that our state was selected by Braidy Industries’ for a $1.3 billion aluminum production facility in Eastern Kentucky. Braidy Industries will employ 1000 temporary construction workers to build their 2.5 million-square-foot aluminum mill on more than 300 acres near South Shore in Greenup County. 550 full-time individuals will be employed at the facility at an average annual salary of $70,000. This is a historic investment for our Commonwealth, and Craig Bouchard, Braidy Industries chairman and CEO, made it clear that Kentucky was chosen for this investment because of the recent implementation of our right-to-work policy.
We have also seen major announcements from companies already vested in Kentucky. Toyota announced a $1.3 billion investment to upgrade their assembly plant in Georgetown, which is their largest plant in the world, employing 8200 people. Amazon also recently announced the construction of a new cargo hub at the Northern Kentucky Airport, creating 2700 new jobs. Each of these major investments came shortly after the passage of right-to-work.
News like this proves that the policies passed by the New Majority are working for Kentucky. I promised to work hard to improve our state’s economic climate and bring jobs for hardworking Kentuckians. I’m proud to have delivered on this promise, and I look forward to continuing the efforts that will bring more jobs and a better way of life for every citizen of our state.
It is a great honor to serve as your voice in Frankfort. As always, I welcome your comments and concerns on any issues impacting our Commonwealth, even while we are not in session. I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181, or you can contact me via e-mail at [email protected] You can keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov.