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Ashland Independent Daily. April 16, 2022.

Editorial: Electric Ride in Kentucky

Kentucky has taken another step into the future while helping to stimulate the economy in part of the Commonwealth.

Governor Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that a Japanese electric vehicle battery technology company will build a plant in Kentucky, creating 2,000 jobs in a $2 billion investment that bolsters the state’s leadership in the production of batteries.

The Envision AESC plant in Bowling Green, south-central Kentucky, will produce battery cells and modules to power the next generation of electric vehicles, Beshear said. The gigafactory’s products will be manufactured for several car manufacturers around the world.

The announcement represents Kentucky’s second economic development investment, following the announcement of an even larger battery production plant last year: Ford and its battery partner will build twin battery plants in central Kentucky , creating 5,000 jobs.

We are happy that other parts of the state are getting a substantial number of well-paying jobs. We also welcome all the new small businesses that have recently opened in our area.

But we’d also like to see some big companies, like Envision AESC and Ford, open new business ventures in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, and surrounding counties, as well as Ohio and West Virginia.

While electric automobiles may still seem a long way off to many, the fact that they are not.

Many industry watchers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of electric vehicles will very quickly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars, according to BBC News, noting that Jaguar aims to sell only electric cars from 2025, with Volvo’s target of 2030. GM’s target is 2035.

The United States is aiming for half of all sales to be electric vehicles by 2030, according to visualcapitalist.com.

To really help Eastern Kentucky move forward, we need a big infusion of well-paying jobs with benefits. If they happen to be technological, or even a bit futuristic, so much the better.

Electric vehicles are no longer in their infancy; their reality is there and the sooner Eastern Kentucky can get involved, the better for everyone.

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Bowling Green Daily News. April 17, 2022.

Editorial: The refund of the tourist tax is a good step

Clara Barton, the Civil War-era American nurse who founded the American Red Cross, is most famously the originator of the phrase “Lending a helping hand is not a handout.”

We have seen many examples of this over the past few months, as the agency she founded and many others in the private and public sectors have played a vital role in Bowling Green’s ongoing recovery from the tornadoes. devastating december. Whether it’s a relief effort organized by the Red Cross that attracted hundreds or perhaps thousands of volunteers or a one-on-one meeting in a neighborhood to share a meal and help repair a roof , many of our neighbors, friends and fellow citizens were uplifted when they needed it most.

Today, the city of Bowling Green goes even further.

The city commission has authorized the creation of a tornado relief program for small businesses that will provide business owners who employ fewer than 50 employees and whose businesses were directly in the path of tornadoes a reimbursement of the five-year property tax, said John Reecer of the Daily News. reported.

Small businesses have been called the lifeblood that keeps our economy running, and here in Bowling Green, many of them were damaged or destroyed when tornadoes ripped through the 31-W US Bypass on December 11 and many neighborhoods. A helping hand for these storm-hit businesses is certainly needed, and we wholeheartedly endorse the city’s plan.

The city commission has authorized the creation of a tornado relief program for small businesses that will provide business owners who employ fewer than 50 employees and whose businesses were directly in the path of tornadoes a reimbursement of the five-year property tax, said John Reecer of the Daily News. reported.

Small businesses have been called the lifeblood that keeps our economy running, and here in Bowling Green, many of them were damaged or destroyed when tornadoes ripped through the 31-W US Bypass on December 11 and many neighborhoods. A helping hand for these storm-hit businesses is certainly needed, and we wholeheartedly endorse the city’s plan.

Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Katie Schaller-Ward said while the program is not yet available to the public, the goal is to have the app on the city’s website to access by the end of the summer.

“An individual can apply for their 2022 property tax rebate in October,” she said. “It would be the first opportunity they would have to file a claim for reimbursement. They still have to pay property tax, but they can then apply for a refund through the application process.

Homeowners will have the opportunity to start their tax refund this year. But Alcott also said homeowners will be offered to defer their tax refund to 2023 due to lower business valuations after storm damage.

Like other city commissioners, Carlos Bailey threw his support behind the repayment plan and called it a “great proposition” that will help these small businesses get back on their feet.

We agree.

Although Bowling Green has made great strides since the devastation of December 11, there is still a long way to go. And this tax refund is one more boost that we hope will help these tornado-affected small businesses towards a brighter future.

TO FINISH

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