Kentucky House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins is touting figures that show the positive impact the state's coal severance tax has had on the mountain region. Adkins says revenue from the tax has provided $750 million to pay for water and sewer lines.
That's key in the impoverished region where so many residents once piped sewage directly into streams that government agencies warned against swimming in the water. Adkins says revenue from the tax on mined coal has also paid for regional industrial sites ready for manufacturing plants and other industry to move in. Most of those sites are on land that has been flattened by mining operations