Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lt. Governor speaks with White House on Economic Growth

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2010  
Contact Information:  Valeria Cummings
Eric Duncan

Call comes one day after State of the Union Address

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Today Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo joined lieutenant governors from across the country in a conference call with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss job creation and economic growth following last night’s State of the Union Address.

During the conference call White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein discussed President Obama’s first State of the Union Address and his number one priority of 2010; a host of tax breaks and incentives to stimulate job growth, especially for small businesses.

“Last night, I was very happy to hear the President focus on growing the economy and creating jobs, providing help for middle class families and reforming Wall Street.  After today’s call with White House officials, I am even more encouraged,” said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo. “Now it’s time to see how those in Washington and Frankfort react.  We’ve got to put partisan politics aside and start working together so we can get our economy moving again and put Kentuckians back to work.”

During the conference call, Bernstein touched upon President Obama’s new jobs package, $8 billion for high speed rail projects and investments in clean energy technology.

“These are things I believe can work for Kentuckians,” said Mongiardo.  “We need to rebuild Kentucky’s infrastructure and make a greater investment in new coal technologies, including coal-to-fuels, to create thousands of new jobs.”

Lt. Gov. Mongiardo had an opportunity to discuss job creation and other issues facing Kentucky during a taping this week on ‘Kentucky NewsMakers.’  The show will air Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on WKYT-TV.