Whitesburg KY

Proposed budget cuts won’t hurt prison here; meeting set April 12

Despite deep budget cuts proposed by the White House, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers said the cuts don’t affect the proposed prison here, and pledged to protect the project from being cut.

“The President’s ‘skinny’ budget proposal does not include a direct cut to the Letcher County Prison project,” Rogers said in a statement. “However, like other programs and agencies that have been proposed for reduction or elimination, I will work to protect funding for critical services, such as LIHEAP, and economic development opportunities as Congress continues the appropriations process for the rest of 2017 and fiscal year 2018. As of right now, the Letcher County Prison is still on schedule and the record of decision is expected to be finalized later this year.”

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will hold a public meeting here next month to take comments on a new environmental impact statement for the proposed prison. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 12 Letcher County Central High School.

Copies of the Draft Supplemental Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement will be available to view at the four libraries in Letcher County, and online at www.fbopletchercountyeis.com. Persons wishing to comment will have 45 days, beginning March 24, to do so. The comment period ends May 8.

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