$1 Billion Aid Proposal for Coal Areas Has Strong Support in Poll

Lexington Herald-Leader, The Paducah Sun - There is strong support among voters of all stripes for a proposal that would provide $1 billion for mine reclamation projects in Eastern Kentucky and other areas hurt by a slump in coal jobs, according to a seven-state poll released Monday. Read

The poll found that 89 percent of registered voters back what is known as the RECLAIM Act.

The proposal would speed up the release of $1 billion from the federal abandoned mine land fund.

The idea behind the proposal is to use the money for reclamation work linked to efforts to diversify the economy of Eastern Kentucky and other areas long tied to coal.

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