Gov. Beshear announces $13.75M in Cleaner Water Program funding

Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m.
Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m.
Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 10:40 AM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held his Team Kentucky update Thursday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m.

Gov Andy Beshear – Team Kentucky Update 02.17.2022

Gov Andy Beshear – Team Kentucky Update 02.17.2022

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday, February 17, 2022

The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman to provide the update.

They announced $13.75 million in Cleaner Water Program funding within the last week.

“Investing in high-speed internet, clean water, roads and bridges helps build a solid foundation for tomorrow’s economy, today,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “These systems can make the difference for business leaders looking to invest in Kentucky and they also make a huge difference for our families.”

Funding included:

  • $6 million in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Fulton and Hickman counties
  • $2.5 million in Boyle, Mercer and Washington counties
  • $2.5 million in Rowan, Morgan, Menifee and Montgomery counties
  • $2.75 million in Estill, Garrard and Madison counties

The Cleaner Water Program, as well as grants for high-speed internet expansion, school facility upgrades and vocational education center renovations, is part of Gov. Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan.

Also on Thursday, the governor was joined by Dutch Consul General Bart Twaalfhoven to announce that the partnership between governments, universities and companies in Kentucky and the Netherlands has added nine new members.

Joining the collaborative effort are the Kentucky Horticulture Council, Kentucky State University and Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, as well as Kentucky-based companies AppleAtcha and Kentucky Fresh Harvest and Dutch companies Arcadis, Delphy, HortiTech and Royal Brinkman.

On Wednesday, Governor Beshear announced he is providing immediate vehicle property tax relief and proposed a temporary 1 percent drop in the state sales tax.

He signed an executive order that will stop an increase in vehicle property taxes caused by rising used car values, which in Kentucky rose approximately 40 percent since last year.

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

As of Wednesday, Feb. 16, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 5,166 new cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional deaths.

The current positivity rate is 16.19 percent.

According to KDPH, 1,689 Kentuckians have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 316 are in the ICU and 155 are on ventilators.

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