Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


December 9, 2013

SOAR summit met with with-and-see attitude


Dec. 9, 2013 —

But Beshear began the day saying, “We’re here to listen,” and there were group sessions scheduled for the afternoon organized around a variety of subjects and strategies.

Some were excited by experiences of the Minnesota iron range where the state returns two-thirds of mining taxes to the region. A trust fund was established in the 1970s which now totals $142 million, interest from which funds re-investment in the area.

But the mood remained of many remained doubtful.

“It’s been a lot of talk so far,” said state Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro. “We’ll see.”

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at

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