"But the measure has been stalled since it was proposed in February," Peterson writes. "Now, coalfields municipalities are beginning to ask why. "Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft, who said the county is suffering from the loss of coal jobs, "believes the plan would create jobs for the struggling area." He told Peterson, “Even if they are minimum wage jobs, it’s something that people can earn money from and maintain some sense of their pride. Because a lot of people are getting desperate right now.”
Whitesburg’s resolution specifically calls on Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who represents the county, "to shepherd the plan through," Peterson reports.