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Below is a Letter from Governor Ernie Fletcher that was Distributed to Teachers Statewide via Email Today, October 7, 2004
Press Release Date:  October 7, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

Dear Teacher,

As a physician who has spent most of his adult life caring for patients and their families, please know that I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of the citizens of Kentucky and especially you, our teachers, who are the hope for our future.

During the last several weeks I have spoken to several hundred teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and state employees and have heard the concern over the recent health insurance plan.  I share that concern. Given the limited resources allocated to provide health care, this administration worked to stretch every dollar as far as possible. Unfortunately, not enough dollars were made available to provide an acceptable level of coverage.  This inadequacy would have resulted in hardship for families who serve our Commonwealth with dedication and sacrifice and I cannot, and will not, accept that.

Sharing your deep concern for the health of your families, I have called an extraordinary session of the General Assembly to address this crisis. Only the legislature has the authority to appropriate the additional money that will be needed to solve this severe problem.

I have charged this legislature to work in a bipartisan effort to solve this problem in a way that will allay our shared concerned regarding your health care.  Please feel free, as many have already done, to contact my office and your legislators to let them know of your concern; encourage all to work together to solve this problem as quickly as possible.

Again, thanks for your dedication and hard work for Kentucky.  Also, know that I share your passion for our future generations and have the utmost respect for your profession and the dedication with which you serve our children.  I believe the best days in Kentucky lie ahead, and not only for Kentucky, but for education and for the future of the teaching profession. 

Ernie Fletcher

Governor of Kentucky

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