Gubernatorial Candidates Explain Economic Plans

By Jon Hardison | 

Kentucky's gubernatorial candidates touted their economic plans during an economic forum in Bowling Green today.

Democrat Ben Chandler blamed a "mess in Washington" for much of Kentucky's 60,000 lost jobs in the last two years. Republican Ernie Fletcher countered by saying a culture change in Frankfort was needed to resuscitate Kentucky's economy.

Friday's economic forum was attended by approximately 100 business and civic leaders from across Western and South Central Kentucky, a region considered a swing vote in the governor's race, a statistical dead heat.

Both candidates announced plans to set up regional offices of the governor to be staffed by local personnel, and visited on a regular basis by the governor. Each also emphasized the importance of attracting more automotive industry jobs as another economic key.