Fletcher Visits BG Discussing Surplus

Governor Fletcher was in Bowling Green on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, to discuss a number of things concerning the commonwealth.

The town hall meeting began at 5 p.m. at the Carroll Knicely Center on WKU's south campus. Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon introduced the governor.

Fletcher began speaking by recognizing the importance of our veterans. He also discussed strengthening public retirement programs. The governor went on to speak about the importance of broadening access to health care through the I-Care program.

Fletcher also spoke of social worker safety as well, but the budget surplus was a highlighted topic in the meeting. The governor discussed Kentucky's anticipated budget surplus, which is expected to be around $279 million in surplus over the next year. Fletcher credits the surplus to an increase in employment and new businesses investing in the commonwealth.