By Hannah Carver
The special legislative session called by Governor Matt Bevin to address the state’s pension issue was on the minds of many Kentuckians recently — including Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brent Cooper’s.
“Right now, we’re concerned about the pension situation and the credit rating for the state. That has real-world implications and costs. That has to be figured out. It has to be addressed,” Cooper said last Tuesday, before the session was over. “Whatever happens in the special session will have implications for the General Assembly in January.”
Of course, Cooper is already thinking beyond the failed special session, advocating for what he hopes to see pass in the 2019 General Assembly, which begins January 8.
“If you look over the last two to three years, the policies that the legislators have done have made us more competitive and improved the economy,” Cooper said.
Examples listed by Cooper included Kenton County schools saving $550,000, just on one project, because Kentucky got rid of its prevailing wage requirement. Northern Kentucky is also currently seeing its lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, and the region has the highest worker participation rate in the state.
Cooper hopes to see these trends continue with more policies that improve both statewide and regional economic development.
“Our mission has been driving our advocacy,” Cooper said. “We promote business growth and an improved economy.”