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Matt Jones weighs in on why coal money shouldn’t go toward the Rupp renovation

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the Rupp Arena renovation is how the project will be funded. A few weeks ago, we found out that $2.5 million of the funding will come from the coal severance tax, which is money coal companies have to pay coal-producing counties to compensate for the resources they extract. Now, $2.5 million isn’t a huge amount when you consider what it will take to renovate Rupp Arena, but it is a lot of money to the counties that need it in Eastern Kentucky. The argument the government is trying to make for using the money is that renovating Rupp will create more revenue, which will then go back to Eastern Kentucky. Governor Beshear said this at the recent Rupp renovation press conference: “Strengthening this city strengthens this state. Lexington is one of the state’s economic engines. Together we can put this engine to a higher gear.”

LEO Weekly’s Willie Davis did a feature piece on the coal severance tax funds going towards Rupp’s renovation in its latest issue, which includes interviews with KY Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo and our own Matt Jones, who as you know, is a native Eastern Kentuckian with a lot of views on the matter. Matt told LEO that he’s disappointed that coal money is going towards the new Rupp: “The symbolism of it really irks me. Every time coal is mined, something is lost in Eastern Kentucky. What’s taken from this area cannot be replaced.”

As for Greg Stumbo’s argument in the Herald-Leader that taking the money is justified because Eastern Kentucky has so many UK alums and fans? “I like Stumbo, but it offends me that he, as an East Kentuckian, thinks because we like basketball, we’d be OK with this,” Matt says, “People in Eastern Kentucky love UK? Sure. People in Central Kentucky love UK, too. Let them pay for it.”

In the piece, Matt makes it clear that he supports the renovation, but says there have to be better ways to fund it: “If you don’t think the (coal severance) money should go to Eastern Kentucky, then why have a tax on it at all?”

There’s plenty more where this came from, so go check out LEO Weekly’s piece to read more. I’m sure you’ll let your opinions be heard in the comments section as well.

[Reclaiming Kentucky: Why is the coal severance tax funding Rupp Arena’s renovation?]

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98 Comments for Matt Jones weighs in on why coal money shouldn’t go toward the Rupp renovation



  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:01 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Of course MJ does not think so. He is a liberal. Obama wants to get rid of coal, so being the sheep that he is, he goes along with it.



  2. JoeMoney333
    2:06 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    1. . . . He is saying the opposite. He is saying that Eastern KY should keep the money instead of it going to Rupp Arena… Your ignorance and hate for liberals and MJ politics has completely lead you to overlook the actual point!?



  3. John Wall
    2:08 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Do whatever it takes to get it done



  4. hersheyisabear
    2:09 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I think this should be a Kentucky helps Kentucky thing. Eastern Ky should get something nice out of this deal as well. Just a thought.



  5. mike
    2:10 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    for what it’s worth, agree with Matt. Eastern Ky. is getting shafted on this one (pun not intended).



  6. vudu
    2:13 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    No post on pelicans v wizards in Rupp as preseason nBA game?



  7. Azubuike's Bicep
    2:14 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    6- That was about 5 posts ago.



  8. Azubuike's Bicep
    2:15 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    “Coal Money” is such a general term. Where is this Coal Money that everyone speaks of?!



  9. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:15 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    one day I hope to be smart



  10. Will
    2:15 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    2. Thanks for immediately shutting down that “Matt is a liberal” nonsense. I agree that Eastern KY needs that money more than we need a new/renovated arena. I wish they would find alternate ways to fund this.



  11. asdf
    2:16 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The anti-coal nut argument is just lunacy, but the argument that money designated for Eastern Ky ought to be spent on things in Eastern Ky has legitimate merit, especially given Kentucky’s scandalous history of misappropriating federal funds designated for the mountains to fund things in Lexington and Louisville.



  12. johnboy not billy
    2:16 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    God Bless you Matt Jones… for once you make sense! There is enough alabaster in the Golden Triangle taken from the backs of the miners… folks say, they’ll never have anything in eastern Kentucky… well guess what? THIS is WHY!!



  13. btowncatfan
    2:17 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The headline of the article is so misleading it made it hard to read it fairly.



  14. FlyRock
    2:19 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    This is nice read. Matt’s comments are on the money.
    Time to focus on what comes next for East Kentucky. Cheap natural gas is not going away. They are finding more of it every day. Coal is not coming back, but we can. Time to do the next thing.



  15. IMO
    2:19 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I love KSR and Matt due to the great coverage of all things UK Athletics, however I think he and the site needs to keep it in that space and stay out of the politico, they already have too many opinions, lobbyist and other wastes of everyone’s time.



  16. Mack
    2:21 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t Joe Craft donate 4.35 million to various PAC’s in an attempt to defeat Obama in 2012? A win/win for both the Commonwealth and Craft; Craft shouldn’t donate that amount for the next election and instead donate the 2.5 million to Rupp to replace the coal serverance tax money and Craft would come out almost 2 million ahead and become a hero to the Commonwealth not to mention not tossing down the drain another 4+ million is support of another GOPer that refuses to win the Presidential election.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/coal/2012/11/coal_ceo_prays_and_fires_workers_how_the_coal_industry_brought_about_its.html



  17. Tdr76
    2:22 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    You won’t have to worry about ‘coal money’ much longer Obama is going to put all the miners out of business. When all the industry in Kentucky has been regulated out of business how will the people of the state survive? Perhaps we can all go into the wind mill business.



  18. Do whut?
    2:23 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It doesn’t really matter what side of the aisle you’re on Matt’s opinion is the only one that makes any sense at all. Why not take tax dollars set aside to fight child abuse? A lot of kids are UK fans so… The idea that the state would literally steal this money from Eastern Kentucky is absurd and one would have to do rationalization backflips to try and come up with a justification. Having said all that it is high time Eastern Kentucky drop the victim status in general. At some point Eastern Kentuckians need to step up, stay home and start building a legitimate economy in the region instead of finding one of a thousand things on which to blame economic depression. It’s challenges are many and varied but Eastern Kentucky is a victim of outside help like so many other areas prettied up with government dollars and self-serving do- gooders. It would also do well to toss out bums like Greg Stumbo who have made power brokering and profiteering at the cost of the region a religion.



  19. J in Orlando
    2:25 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    You ignorant, uninformed folk (on both sides of the fictional aisle that has been created to control you) who allow your opinion to be given to you by public figures who do not have your best interests in mind; who turn everything into a “liberal vs conservative” issue and immediately denounce an idea, not on its merit, but on the political affiliation of the person delivering the idea; who vote for those youve never done an ounce of research on simply because of a letter next to a name or a color…you are the dead weight that holds this nation back and has dragged us down…wake up



  20. SACKUPMJ
    2:27 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is in this together! The majority of the tax payers that fund many of the projects in Eastern Ky come from Ky’s major cities, very few of which are in Eastern Ky. You can’t discriminate between what money goes where. KSR needs to stick to Ky SPORTS reporting and stay out of the political BS that is only being discussed because Matt in some way thinks it affects him.



  21. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    2:27 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The “Robber Barons” of Urban Kentucky stealing money from the poor impoverished Appalachia…we’ve seen this story a thousand times. The rich get richer and the poor get the shaft.



  22. jubrho
    2:33 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Taxation = forcing people to spend money on things they didn’t want to spend money on.

    Imagine a world where charitable ventures were all really voluntary.

    Whether it’s sports venues, corporate welfare (make it cheap to bring Toyota here), universal healthcare, to feeding the poor), imagine if citizens had a choice to invest, or not invest in these ideas. Imagine freedom.

    Then, wake up and pay your taxes to the brain-trust you elect to allocate the money they force out of your pocket. ‘Merica.



  23. BigSexyCat
    2:33 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Everyone loves to pick on Eastern Kentucky from Drew Franklin to our elected officials. The people in Eastern Kentucky are suffering greatly due to the decrease in coal production and taking any coal severance tax funds only adds to that burden. Perry county had to layoff 15 people in the sheriffs office due to the decrease in coal severance funds. How many people would have been able to keep their jobs if that 2.5 million would be allotted back to Eastern Kentucky.



  24. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:34 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    22) No, money should go to the STATE. Not just you toothless hicks in the mountains.



  25. Linda Taylor
    2:34 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If I remember correctly that $2.5 million is for the design and planning stages only. I certainly hope they aren’t planning on getting any more coal severance tax money after that for the actual remodel. It’s bad enough that they are taking the initial $2.5 million from a region that needs every penny for clean up and restoration from the consequences of the mining not to mention the development of alternate economic engines to take the region into the future when the coal will be completely mined out.



  26. MMfiji
    2:35 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The severance tax isn’t just an eastern kentucky issue, the western part of the state is also feeling the pinch.



  27. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:35 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    2) ^ should be 2 instead of 22.



  28. Megan
    2:37 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones is my hero. I say this as a former eastern Kentucky girl. (Boons Camp, anyone?) He’s absolutely right, and I’m proud he is speaking out on behalf of those who were supposed to benefit from the coal severance tax. The Governor and Speaker might as well raid my pension fund and try to convince me that I will benefit indirectly because it will strengthen the state.

    How can they make this argument with a straight face? Placing the economic burden on the poorest region in the state is not just a bad idea; it’s immoral.



  29. Chip
    2:37 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    IT is always more complex than the simple explanations. Having only central Kentuckians pay for it is a little simplified. To really understand how it will all be paid for you have to look at the micro level of average income and property tax, sales tax concessions etc. Of course asking Eastern Kentuckians via a ballot measure if they approve of the use of that tax would be the best way. What happens currently with that tax money? Do people who live in Eastern KY get a subsidy check? If the money goes into a fund that those counties and municipalities can draw on for their projects why not them choose. If the tax goes into a fund for Kentucky then it the fund managements prerogative. Also, it looks like Western Kentucky also has a coal severance – is that used for this? If so the numbers are very small. 221 million in coal severance tax a few years ago.



  30. farrell smith
    2:39 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I love the cats as well as anyone but I think that coal tax should be used for the communities it came from because we are getting people laid of work because these counties are not getting the tax money comeing back to our communities we are going to need jobs when the coal runs out and our government is against mineing coal now well you and I will see when powerplants raise our powerbills you will hear a lot of complants comeing from all over the state plus our young people will have to leave our cou
    nties for work go big blue



  31. brain
    2:42 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    When tobacco was a big crop in western Ky the taxes on it weren’t solely used in that area of the state. Jones is of on that argument.



  32. classof68
    2:42 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Why even have a coal severance tax? If the county owns the coal, why don’t they send out invitations to bid to the coal companies and take the highest bidder? If they don’t own the coal but an individual does, why do the coal companies owe anything to a state or county? Sounds like a boondoggle or a money grab to me, like most other taxes. If there’s a good reason for a coal severance tax, then the state should stick to the law and pay the counties involved. If it’s not law, then I presume the state can do any damned thing it wants to with the money, in which case Mr. Jones is absolutely correct.



  33. ATB
    2:44 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Matt is correct. There should be better ways to fund the project. If the project can stand on it’s own two feet, then it should be able to be financed independently. If not, then its just a pet project. There are many more projects that could actually create jobs in much needed areas around the state that continually get ignored. The average person needs jobs in Kentucky right now and not Wal-mart jobs. They need $15+ hour skilled labor jobs. #28, yes Boons Camp is my family history!!! A large portion of my family died in or from the mines but at least they could take care of their families. Now that industry is winding down with nothing to replinish those good jobs and we are worried about Rupp renovations. Now, I am a Cat’s fan. I try and go to several games per season but let’s put things in perspective.



  34. Bucky Small Hooves
    2:58 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think the coal companies should be taxed at all. Coal keeps the lights on in Kentucky. Unless you are too poor to have electricity, then I guess your could burn some coal chunks in a lamp or something. Coal companies are the reason Eastern KY is flourishing like it is. Liberal ninnys need to quit it with the problem solving and progressive thinking. If we quit thinking about how dirty coal is, how dangerous extraction is, how the coal companies have done nothing substantial for an impoverished region, the problems will go away. Let’s collectively stick our head in the sand and not even consider that the coal industry may actually be holding our state back. Well, I gotta take a Corman train down to my slurry pond and get a drink, I’m famished.



  35. JoeMoney333
    3:04 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    24. Wow you’re dumb…



  36. Earache
    3:04 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Everything about this renovation seems wrong. This coal money, not having an average ‘fan’ on the board, naming the architecture before knowing the funding, selling the building name is like a slap in the face, and trying to package the Rupp renovation with parks and streams.



  37. jubhro
    3:10 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones is a self-proclaimed “liberal,” but it may be because no liberals will claim him after his reckless attitude toward mining jobs and gobs of tax revenue.

    Mining coal isn’t a loss for the Eastern Kentuckians feeding their families by mining coal.

    Mining coal isn’t a loss for the coal executives spending money employing people to take care of their horses, tend their farms, make their bourbon, treat their golf courses, build and fly their jets, educate their children, and build their McMansions. Jobs and money flow from those mountains. All that coal is replaced with value. Doctors, dentists, Ale8, Mountain Dew, mobile homes, drug stores, gas stations all paid for with coal.

    So, contrary to my favorite sports writer’s assertion, I’d say every time coal is mined, something is gained in Eastern Kentucky. What’s taken from the area continues to be replaced. As an aside, coal itself can absolutely be replaced. It’s pressurized organic decay. Bury organic material, let it fossilize, keep it under pressure, and wait. Boom, replaced coal.



  38. Ok then Matt Jones
    3:11 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    What do you liberals plan on doing to replace the industry in Eastern Ky? Where will these people work? All the solar companies are going bust. Keep your politics off KSR or this will be your down fall.



  39. Beatle Bum
    3:11 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The “something is lost” contention is not an argument against using the money for a Rupp renovation. Hopefully, Matt has a better argument. If you live in Louisville, a portion of your tax money heads to Eastern Kentucky and other areas of the state, never to directly benefit the tax payor. This is true of all taxes. A portion of the coal tax proceeds can do the same. We are a state of Kentuckians, not a state of Eastern Kentuckians, Western Kentuckians, Central, etc. Dividing the people just plain sucks.



  40. TheBigToe
    3:16 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    This severance money should absolutely stay in the mountains. The main problem is is that the coal companies, NOT the President, are largely responsible for the decline in coal and coal jobs. With the proliferation (I know some may need to sound it out) of mountain top removal comes the disappearance of jobs. It takes far fewer jobs to blast off the top of the mountain and mechanically scoop it out than it does to dig mine shafts. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.



  41. Know It
    3:21 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    32. Counties do not own the coal. Individual owners or land companies own the coal you ignoramous. Coal gets hauled on public roads etc and the counties need the money to support infrastructure and county support projects. The amount they get taxed is small compared to the tax breaks they get as well as the enormous profits they have made for years. What does Eastern Ky get? T-shirts and bumper stickers supporting an industry that will be gone and scars that will take years to recover from.



  42. tbradg
    3:22 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Can anyone answer the following two questions:

    How much money does the Coal Severance Tax currently produce annually? and How is it spent?



  43. lambinated
    3:22 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #37
    You forgot the whole “millions of years” for that change to take place. Coal is non-renewable in the sense that it is being depleted at a rate that is much, much faster than the rate at which it is produced naturally. Sounds like they should use more of that money on our science curriculum…



  44. Blugreg
    3:23 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Coal is also a huge industry in western Ky. It’s not just an eastern ky thing.



  45. Ryan
    3:24 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If they take the coal severence tax, then Rupp should be called “Friends of Coal Rupp Arena”



  46. Bucky Small Hooves
    3:25 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #38 – I’m starting a think tank here locally and recruiting the state’s most creative minds. What’s your contact info?



  47. Zackattack
    3:29 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Easy way to fix this so both parties will agree “Friends of Coal Rupp Arena” … Wow, wasnt that easy?



  48. Mb
    3:41 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s not like a government to take money from people with a promise of using it for the betterment of the people that they take it from. This is what big governments do, take from one group and give it to another group. It’s welfare, it’s social security, the list goes on and on.



  49. Zackattack
    3:42 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Most “flat landers” dont understand what Coal means to Eastern KY. Coal employs our miners, our trucking industry(coal trucks, fuel trucks, supply trucks), Our factories build mining supplys, Our mechanics, our welders, and our machine shops all work on mine related equipment.. All of our railroad workers in eastern KY are employed because of coal. Our river workers, Our engineers, our surveyors, our timber cutters. In eastern Kentucky, everything revolves coal. Even Small businesses are being shut down because all of the people in these professions are laid off and dont have the income to go places and spend their money. Thats right.. They cant even travel to Lexington and spend their money.



  50. Chris
    3:45 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Western Kentucky has plenty of coal too, and we also have plenty of Cats fans. All of you guys seem to forget about both of these truths.



  51. beavis606
    3:56 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    31, you do realize you can plant tobacco every year right? Eastern Ky only has so much coal and you destroy everything to get to it.

    39, congrats! you have made the dumbest argument in the history of the internet.

    Greg Stumbo should be embarassed. No way should that money leave Eastern Ky. It was a tax put in explicitly for the return to go to Eastern Ky. Its not like alot of Eastern Kentuckians go to Rupp for Tuesday night 9pm games. Its a crock.

    Matt Jones is dead right on this one.



  52. tbradg
    4:00 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    …anyone?

    Can anyone answer the following two questions:
    How much money does the Coal Severance Tax currently produce annually? and How is it spent?



  53. Just Shut Up
    4:12 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s be honest,this tax money isn’t being paid by coal companies. It’s being paid by everyone that flips a light switch in the form of higher bills. There are many more light switches being flipped in central Kentucky than eastern Kentucky. How about we just call it even with eastern Kentucky for all the $hit they’ve sent downstream over the years and polluted our waters so bad that you can’t even swim at places like Boonesboro Beach anymore. Just for the record, both sides of my family and my wife are from eastern Kentucky.



  54. WOW
    4:15 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    There seems to be a battle here in the comments section for Dumbest Human Being Ever. Bury organic material and “boom”, coal? wowzers. Please don’t breed. The are called non-renewable resources for a reason. Coal is dying, it won’t last and a new economy will have to take its place. Unfortunately there are no progressive, visionary leaders with any power (money) in the region wiling to take on the issue. Status quo rules, corruption and ignorance will be the downfall of eastern KY. Education is the key, and a lot of people commenting here just don’t have one.



  55. Bladak
    4:16 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Who gives two $hits what some internet blogger thinks about real issues. Just stick to recruiting pieces and don’t venture off into actual news.



  56. YUM! Center
    4:18 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    John Calipari should not ask Eastern KY to pay for Rupp Arena.



  57. Socialism
    4:18 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    This is socialism folks. Take from a few to give to all. Get used to…Life isn’t fair.



  58. roger
    4:23 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    More tax dollars are brought in from areas such as Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, etc. than from the rest of the state. So, should that tax money be kept in those areas only? With the poverty and need for assistance in the eastern part of the state, the financial strains are plentiful. I don’t hear the people in Eastern , Ky complain when they are given way more in assistance than their tax payers pay in. The people of Eastern KY benefit from tax money all over the state. I don’t see a problem with the coal money helping out for something that is located in Central KY. The comment above about the tobacco taxes was spot on.



  59. YUM! Center
    4:24 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with Matt Jones, Eastrn KY should bail out the YUM! Center.



  60. Lynda Clark
    4:25 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    So proud of your comment, Matt! As an alumnus, I hate all the pro-coal proganda that the athletics department embraces.



  61. Young Gun
    4:25 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    tbradg: To humor you, here you are. Quick Google search found this.

    Coal is responsible for an estimated $528 million in state revenues and $643 million in state expenditures. The $528 million in revenues includes $224 million from the coal severance tax and revenues from the corporate income, individual income, sales, property (including unmined minerals) and transportation taxes as well as permit fees.

    http://www.maced.org/coal/exe-summary.htm



  62. Simple
    4:31 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    And he’s right.



  63. ENEMY OF COAL
    4:32 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Coal Industry rapes Eastern Kentucky for 100 years. Industry fights to keep wages down, avoids safety measures until BIG GOV’T forces them.

    Babies born near coal mines have increased risk of Birth Defects (fact).

    Yet, Eastern KY Hillbillies still are “Friends of Coal”.

    Rediculous. Victims defending BIG COAL because of a paycheck. Sounds like prostitution pure and simple



  64. Marion County
    4:34 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Jones is a thug. Some wonder why most people could care a less about pro ball and the overpaid thugs who play. Thanks for disgracing UK jones. don’t come back to Kentucky!



  65. Ignore facts much?
    4:40 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    58 you are right! Fayette, Jefferson County and Northern Ky state income tax I’m sure flows to Eastern KY at a much higher rate than coal severance tax comes the other way. Fine, put the coal severance money back in coal counties. 2 .5 mil is a drop in the bucket. Then lets keep the central KY income tax money where it originated too.
    I chuckle every time I read the “Obama is killing coal” comments. Lol, right off a McConnell ad. The truth is cheap alternative energy (natural gas) is playing a far bigger role than the EPA. Just dumb



  66. tbradg
    4:44 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    61. Thanks…that answers one question, but not the other. Where the the $224M Annually going? All back to Eastern KY? Some? None? What programs does it fund?

    That’s a lot of money…and my point in asking the question is to say if there’s anything that’s worth looking into it’s where is all that money going today?



  67. Beatle Bum
    4:48 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Well, now, there ya have it. Beavis (#51) has spoken.

    The “Your just dumb” argument wins!!!!! Brilliant!



  68. buzzard
    4:49 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I agree 100% with # 54 & #63. BS #64. Give ’em hell Matt.



  69. RockyMtnCat
    4:54 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll sidestep the issue of where the money should go or stay, and say this about coal’s impact on the state: it is not limited to the jobs involved in its extraction. Many of Kentucky’s jobs are also indirectly tied to coal, because Kentucky’s coal and its proximity result in low electricity costs. Those lower costs (due to coal) are one of the primary reasons that other industries–aluminum production, for example, and manufacturing–are here in Kentucky rather than elsewhere.



  70. wildcat
    4:55 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Matt,

    Should stick to sports. I come to this site to get away from the political comments and don’t want to start seeing them show up here.



  71. Kev56
    5:01 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Well my comment was deleted Coal Taxes are not just Eastern KY the liberials who this site decide to delete that. Thanks lefties, behaving like I knew you would.



  72. Kev56
    5:02 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Well I guess not just showed back up



  73. Teachable Mo'
    5:04 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Coal is shrinking dramatically as a factor in Kentucky’s economy, and yet because of PR you’d think that Kentucky depends on coal.

    Fossil fuels have a terrible impact on our hold on the planet, and coal is the worst of the bunch.



  74. Wildcatsteeler
    5:34 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    He’s absolutely right on this. The coal miners need that money when their bosses make them go to Republican rallies without pay.



  75. bluemanchew
    5:36 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    last time i checked if you draw a line down the middle of KY lexington would be on the eastern side its better to use it on rupp than building country clubs the residents cant afford to go to



  76. Yep
    5:45 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    A whole lot of that Coal money comes out of West Kentucky too. If the Governor wants to strengthen a city, why not strengthen a few not named Louisville and Lexington? Go out and actually attempt to grow Paducah, Henderson, Bowling Green, Hoptown, Somerset, London or Ashland. Hell, take your pick. Is there another state where all of the wealth is concentrated on purpose into one tiny region? Even Tennessee has a large city in its northeast, southeast, center and western areas.



  77. Change It Yourself
    6:05 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    What Eastern Ky people don’t understand is that there has to be a reason for better jobs to be there. You can’t just take tax money and create jobs for the long term. It doesn’t work that way. It never has worked that way. The government can’t create sustainable jobs. It has to be the people that change it.

    Most people don’t want to live in the hills of Eastern Ky. There’s nothing there and there’s no incentive for businesses to move there. It’s no different than any other rural area or even a ghetto where most people want to get out. Businesses want to be where there’s money. Where they know the business can thrive. That’s why cities are what they are. That’s where the jobs are and that’s where most people and most educated people live.

    So if Eastern Kentuckians want to see their area changed then they should create the jobs. Instead of running a website and radio show in Louisville and Lexington and complaining about the state of his hometown, maybe Matt should start a company there. He’s obviously educated and a smart enough guy to do it. He took a blog and turned it into one of the premier sites for UK news.

    Instead of complaining about the area and expecting the government to do it (something they are incapable of doing), change it yourselves! You want it to be something more than just about coal, then get educated and change it. The other option is to go where there are better jobs and let the area die like it’s doing. If you let the government do it, they’ll just keep raping the people for their money. Governments never give. They always just take. Just look at all the people that have lost their pensions from the states that are now bankrupt.



  78. Retired miner in Neon
    6:11 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 17, less than 1percent of Kentuckians are employed by coal. If coal was the answer for eastern ky and the whole state we should be a rich state after 100 years mining coal. Oh that’s right I forgot all the corporations are owned by folks out of state. Little of the riches from these hills stay in these hills.



  79. CAUKFAN
    6:40 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    MJ need to consider the fact coal is mined in Western Kentucky too.
    http://www.uky.edu/KGS/coal/production/cumuprod.jpg
    There are 20 coal fired power plants in Kentucky – think about that next time you flip on the lights.



  80. bigblueclint
    6:46 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I think the coal money should stay in the coal counties. It’s produced there so they should keep their money. The big wigs should find another way to get the funding for Rupp. Tax the tickets at Rupp games a few cents and let them pay for the renovations. Go Kats!



  81. mark
    6:58 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    If anyone thinks Obama has not helped to bring the coal industry to its knees is a fool. I work in Louisville and have bums ask me for 50cents everyday. I grew up in E Ky. never had anyone beg me for anything.If you don’t work in the mines you will have to move or get in the foodstamp line with most of the other Obama supporters. Have around 10 relatives to lose their jobs.



  82. Rich
    7:19 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Eastern Ky doesn’t need coal, shut em all down! The eastern Ky region has money pouring out their ears. Great standard of living. And who needs electricity anyway?



  83. Wilbur
    7:45 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Matt! 90% of Kentucky’s energy comes from coal. That’s all,



  84. Blueston
    7:45 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones is a liberal fool. $2.5mm is a lot of money to eky counties? Bullshit. Filtered through the government, the only amount that would be spent on anything tangible would be maybe 60% of that. And ~$1.5mm would buy so little in terms of infrastructure. That is such a small fraction of what coal companies pay. Coming from someone who works in the natural resources industry (but not coal), this amount of money is very, very small in terms of taxes paid on production.



  85. coalcat1
    7:58 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Since so many in Lexington and northern Ky hate us poor old hick coal miners I guess we should keep all our business in eastern Ky , heck id rather spend mine in Tennessee as to support a bunch of Liberals that think we owe them something . hey Matt thanks for your support



  86. lesigh
    8:04 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    As a 20-year Eastern KY transplant in Lexington, I agree with Jones. Central KY can more than compensate for the 2.5 million. I also agree with my Western KY brothers, it’s not just the east that is losing out here. There are poorer KY counties all over the state that produce coal and could benefit.



  87. UKBlue
    8:13 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I know we are all BBN, but damn do we have some stupid fans. This whole thing is welcome to the world of politics; they want all this stuff, have no idea how to pay for it, will sell out & screw over their own mothers to get what they want, always find a way to justify doing what they want, and in the end turns into a big mess that the taxpayers have to end up bailing out. If they are having to raid this fund, just shows the desperation the politicos are in to get what they want.

    Every US coal area is in trouble, have had a lot of their mines shut down(ask Joe Craft), have Obama all over them, and the little bit of coal that is coming out is being shipped to India & China.

    If they want to find a better way to help fund this, give us SLOTS; they can help fund Rupp & help save the horse business in KY at the same time.



  88. Leroy Bird
    9:31 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Did any of you actually read the article? It’s not about liberals vs. conservatives. It’s people who say coal is the future vs. math. I’m from Eastern Kentucky. I love Eastern Kentucky. Coal is over in Eastern Kentucky. EJY is the poorest part of America. What are we–as Kentuckians, as decent people–going to do about the? Do we invest in Appalachia or do we let it starve?



  89. blitzedanddazed
    10:38 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    The Coal Industry in Eastern Ky has raped the land and destroyed the lives of many generations of Ky Families. Think of the terms “Black Lung” and Mining Camps”.
    There is no such entity as “Clean Coal”. The mining of coal has polluted both the water and the soil in E. Ky. , that 250 Billion dollars could not correct the damage that has already been done. So my advice to Matt Jones would be to call the halting of coal mining in E. Ky. all together.



  90. Kevin Grevey
    11:31 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It figures that ultra left wing Liberal Matt Jones the Socialist would be offended by coal money. What an idiot…



  91. Dave
    8:04 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, I would not worry about it. Your hero Obama is doing all he can to destroy the coal industry.



  92. beavis
    8:08 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Number 89,,,,maybe you can explain to everyone how the people in East Kentucky are going to support their families without the coal industry. What do you suggest we use to replace the power generated by coal ? And while you are at it,,,,explain how we are going to replace all those lost jobs when numerous industries that have located in Kentucky because of the cheap energy costs leave the state. Solar and wind,,,,don’t go there. The only other viable energy source is nuclear. Are you in favor of building nuclear plants ?



  93. bullfrog
    8:46 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    I will not be on this website again, when the all knowing errogant Matt gets into politics, I have had enough. By the way I am a true blue Ky. season ticket holding fan. I am not the only Kentucky fan that feels this way.



  94. YSR2KSR
    8:48 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    if lex gets the money from the coal severance tax instead of eastern kentucky, how about eastern kentucky getting the tax dollars generated by keeneland. what a lexington and frankfort politician supporting that? fair is fair



  95. Beavis
    8:56 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Number 94,,,,I think you are on to something here. How about the gate revenues at Keeneland for the fall meet ? Bet that would be a nice chunk of change.



  96. dream world
    12:09 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    EVERYTHING that we have is MINED. Coal is a resource like iron ore, aluminum, etc. So for people to get tore up about coal mining it is really idiotic. As they drive their cars around with gas that has been drilled and refined they cry about coal mining. Get your heads out of the sand! BTW, the U.S. can make all the laws and slam taxes as much as they want…when the rest of world mines and uses coal our air does not get cleaner…we don’t live in a bubble. One volcano can emit more co2 gases and pollutants in a week than a coal mine can in 50 years…this is a fact!



  97. gr8 uno
    12:55 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    # 68 you my friend are a f****n moron



  98. gr8 uno
    12:58 pm August 1, 2013 Permalink

    meant 63 not 68