FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2013) — State Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, who chairs the Kentucky House budget committee that helps write the state’s highway plan, will have other responsibilities as well in the coming months on several statewide and national committees.
Recently, House Speaker Greg Stumbo appointed her to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Budget and Revenue Standing Committee, which gives states a stronger voice in federal matters affecting their budgets and which showcases initiatives other states could use.
This new assignment complements her ongoing work with NCSL’s Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Standing Committee, a role she began when she was chair of the Kentucky House’s Tourism Development and Energy Committee.
“These assignments give me a chance to better protect and promote Kentucky’s interests at the federal level and to learn what more we can do within our own borders to improve state services,” Combs said. “If Kentucky doesn’t have a seat at the table on these issues at the national level, then we’re at risk of being left behind. It’s important that we stay informed and that we trumpet our successes and learn from others’ mistakes.”
In addition to her work with NCSL, Combs was re-appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday to another four-year term with the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. It features several dozen members who advise the governor on how Kentucky can improve the training of its workforce.
“Kentucky’s working men and women have long gotten high marks for their productivity and their professionalism, so our goal is to see how we can build on that,” Combs said. “I’m proud I will have another four years to be a part of that effort, which is especially crucial now for our economy.”