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Coffee with Chad keeps tradition of taking time to talk to constituents

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By Randy Patrick

Tax credits for private schools, marketing farm products and the progress of the U.S. 31E widening were some of the issues on the minds of folks who gathered at High Grove Grocery Saturday morning to eat sausage biscuits and bend the ears of their state officials.

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Nelson County’s new state representative, Chad McCoy, is continuing a practice started by his predecessor, David Floyd, of going around to country stores in his district to listen to people’s concerns and talk with them about bills before the General Assembly.

“A lot of folks have concerns about whether some of the social issues are going to come up, and I’m being told they’re not,” McCoy said, citing the issue of transgender students and school restrooms as one example. “I just don’t think we’re going to get to them.”

In the short session, he said, there are so many important bills already “in the pipeline” that some of the bills being filed now will have to wait.

One of the issues he heard about from people Saturday — and that he hears about a lot — is a bill that would allow tax credits for support of private schools.

“Here in Nelson County, with St. Joe and Bethlehem, there’s a lot of interest in that,” he said, adding that it’s “probably the number one issue I get emails about is being in favor of that bill.”

As with Floyd, McCoy is often joined by the county’s state senator, Jimmy Higdon, a Lebanon Republican.

Higdon said people he talked with Saturday were also interested in the school tax credits, and several were concerned about the state’s pension systems.

They were also excited about the U.S. 31E project, which runs through High Grove, and landowners who had issues with it have since been “satisfied.”

“We’ve been through the tough parts of it. … Everybody wants a new road, but we have some property owners who feel like they’ve been slighted, or they didn’t get exactly what they want, and the state’s been good about going back and working with those property owners,” he said.

The 6.5-mile north section from 2,000 feet south of Whitesides Road in Nelson County to the Spencer County line is the second part of a three-part project that began in 2008. The section is scheduled to be completed in September of this year.

Coffee with Chad in Bloomfield
State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, will host the next Coffee with Chad at the Nelson County Public Library in Bloomfield at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18.
This is a change from the original date.
McCoy will meet with residents for a morning of fellowship and discussion regarding key issues facing Nelson County and Kentucky.
The Public Library is located at 34 Arnold Lane off Chaplin Road.