CORBIN — Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, Rand Paul, and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, came-a-callin’ on Corbin Tuesday morning. They stopped by the Dixie Cafe on South Main Street to have coffee with the breakfast crowd that came in from the chill, and to talk about programs the two are advancing.
During the visit, Paul mentioned his stimulus plan — called “Economic Freedom Zones” — which would include eastern Kentucky. He said the zones would be areas of reduced taxes, and would encourage businesses and individuals which the market has already selected.
“The purest of all democracies work in the marketplace. You choose where you eat, you choose where you shop,” he told the audience.
Comer mentioned his regional marketing initiative from the “Kentucky Proud” campaign, called “Appalachian Proud.” He noted previous successes with small agriculture in Eastern Kentucky could be built with economic incentives which could attract new investment in the region.
Comer also said he was working on an Appalachian Wildlife Center, which could be a tourist destination in Eastern Kentucky, and getting legislation passed to return 100 percent of coal severance tax dollars to coal-producing counties. Of that amount, 15 percent of the funds would be used for agricultural development.