Gov. Beshear announces 4th round of tornado recovery relief funds for western Ky.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear announced a fourth round of tornado recovery relief funding for western Kentucky.
He said the $586,000 in assistance announced on Thursday will go to three eligible western Kentucky counties to help with the costs of recovery from the December 2021 tornadoes.
“We will continue to support our Western Kentucky families and communities until we rebuild every home and every life following the December 2021 tornadoes,” Governor Beshear said. “The funds awarded this week will help cover expenses and services that are not eligible for FEMA aid, and they will help relieve some of the financial strain these communities continue to face during this time of recovery.”
The $586,000 will accommodate the 5.2 percent local share for FEMA-eligible expenses and will help cover the costs of some non-FEMA eligible storm debris removal.
Thursday’s funding awards include:
- $500,000 to the Caldwell County Fiscal Court
- $36,000 to the Lyon County Fiscal Court
- $50,000 to Marshall County Fiscal Court
On Monday, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jody Cash lost his life in service to Kentucky.
The governor ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, May 21, in honor of Chief Deputy Cash.
Governor Beshear invited Kentuckians to honor law enforcement personnel during National Police Week 2022. This observance pays tribute to local, state and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
During his Team Kentucky update on Thursday afternoon, May 19, the governor also discussed Kentucky’s employment rate, economic development efforts, legislation that supports the military community, Brain Tumor Awareness Month and COVID-19.
According to the governor, the commonwealth posted the lowest unemployment rate in state history on Thursday.
He said according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2022 unemployment rate was 3.9%, the lowest rate ever recorded since the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics began reporting state rates in 1976.
The governor congratulated various businesses for investing in Kentucky, as well as announced Kentucky ranked sixth in this year’s Prosperity Cup in Site Selection magazine’s annual rankings.
Governor Beshear ceremonially signed four pieces of legislation into law that support Kentucky’s military community and families.
He said the legislation expands the Military Family Assistance Trust Fund, makes it easier for military spouses to get occupational licenses and adds seven active military unit license plates to the 28 current military-related plates.
In regards to COVID-19 in the commonwealth, the governor reported an increase in the number of cases last week. He said there are now 12 counties in yellow, or moderate, compared with three last week.
He noted that hospitalizations remain low and stable, but cautioned that Kentucky is seeing an uptick in the positivity rate.
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