Sen. Robin Webb to serve on Kentucky Work Matters Task Force

Senator Robin Webb has been appointed to the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force. The group will work to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and individuals burdened by substance abuse or criminal records.

The Kentucky Work Matters Task Force will work closely with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy and their State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED). SEED is a collaborative effort with state intermediary organizations, including the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and The Council of State Governments (CSG), to help state leaders effectively address policy barriers that may hinder the employment of people with disabilities.

Members of the task force include:

  • Adam Meier, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bevin
  • Secretary Scott Brinkman, Executive Cabinet
  • Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Secretary John Tilley, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
  • Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Labor Cabinet
  • Secretary Hal Heiner, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
  • Secretary Tom Stephens, Personnel Cabinet
  • Secretary Greg Thomas, Transportation Cabinet
  • Vivek Sarin, Cabinet for Economic Development executive officer
  • Deputy Commissioner Bryan Hubbard, Division of Income Support
  • Buddy Hoskinson, Department for Aging and Independent Living
  • Commissioner Beth Kuhn, Department of Workforce Investment
  • Commissioner Stephen Pruitt, Department of Education
  • President Bob King, Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Senator John Schickel
  • Senator Robin Webb
  • Representative Jim DeCesare
  • Representative Arnold Simpson
  • Katie Shepherd, Kentucky Supreme Court designee
  • Mike Michalak, citizen at-large (Shelbyville)
  • Katie Wolf Whaley, citizen at-large (Lexington)
  • Beth Davisson, citizen at-large (Louisville)
  • Tim McGurk, citizen at-large (Prospect)

The group will present a final report that will include policy recommendations on improving workforce participation rates for individuals with disabilities, as well as other populations with impediments to employment, across the Commonwealth.

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