MARTIN COUNTY, KY (WOWK) —
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin visited Martin County Saturday afternoon for a community discussion.
The governor discussing everything from economic development, the state’s foster crisis, and teacher pensions. He also fielded questions from angry and emotional community members, who are in the midst of a water crisis.
“I just want to thank everyone for coming, some of you are here in support and some of you clearly are not,” said the Governor, referring to a woman holding a sign critizing the governor’s response to the water crisis. “But this is America and that is your right… and that is a beautiful thing.”
Much of the conversation centered on the Governor’s plans for economic growth across the state. According to the Governor, the state’s greatest problem is a shortage in workforce. He wants to focus on growing the population, while ecouraging more people to call Kentucky home.
But with that goal in mind, many questioned the Governor about the current state of the state’s infastructure — specifically pointing to Martin County’s mismanged water system.
“We are dedicating every resource we can into this,” Governor Bevin told 13 News after the event.
According to the governor, the state is applying for addition AML dollars, or mine land money that is available to help with the cost.
The Governor added, “Those of you that are from this community know that this has been a problem decades in the making. We are working to make changes, I think it is just not happening at a quick enough speed for people here.”
The governor also alluded to an important annoucement coming in the next few days. When asked if he could elborate, he told reporters “Stay tuned.”