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Beshear Urges Cash for Clunkers Continuation

July 31st, 2009 · 8 Comments

In light of widespread media reports that the cash for clunkers program’s budget was exhausted ($1 billion) in just four days, Governor Steve Beshear has written a letter to President Barack Obama urging further support of the program.

Here’s that letter:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

In the midst of the worst recession of our lifetime, you and Congress recently created the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), an excellent program that encourages Americans to trade in their old car and purchase a new fuel efficient vehicle, by receiving a significant cash rebate. I applaud your efforts to not only work to remove “clunkers” from the road to improve our environment, but also to invigorate our struggling auto industry. In Kentucky, we followed your lead, and just last month passed our own legislation providing tax incentives for Kentuckians who purchase new vehicles.

However, I was distressed to hear from media reports that the CARS program has run out of funds. This news shows how tremendously successful this program has been, and illustrates the great need to find additional funding to keep it going.

Read the rest after the jump…

In Kentucky, the nation’s third-leading producer of vehicles and home to manufacturing plants of Ford, General Motors and Toyota, we have nearly 80,000 jobs tied to the auto industry. Just this year, we were chosen by Argonne National Lab to be the site of an advanced battery technology laboratory, and we are competing for stimulus funding for an advanced battery manufacturing facility. In addition, Kentucky is home to over 300 auto dealerships. These small business owners benefit directly from CARS, and their tax revenue helps greatly with Kentucky’s and the nation’s economy. Finally, the purchase of new cars not only stimulates our auto industry, but in Kentucky, like many states, it helps pay for new roads, which are critical to economic development and public safety.

I urge you, working with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congress, to find funds to keep this critical program going. I believe this program is key to turning around our economy. Its popularity shows that Americans are ready to buy new cars. Let’s provide them the help they need to do that.


Steven L. Beshear

cc: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker
The Honorable John Boehner, Minority Leader
The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader
The Honorable Jim Bunning
The Honorable Ben Chandler
The Honorable Geoff Davis
The Honorable Brett Guthrie
The Honorable Hal Rogers
The Honorable Ed Whitfield
The Honorable John Yarmuth

Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Kentucky Business · Steve Beshear

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thunder Storm // Jul 31, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I know ole one termer didn’t write this but …No where does he define how many new cars have been purchased in the last week using cash for clunker dollars.

    He doesn’t define the types of cars purchased. What if most are Hondas, Nissans, or vehicles not made in Kentucky.

    This is a typical bulldhit government letter that has a lot of words but says nothing.

    Thus letter should get it’s own Golden Poo award.

  • 2 jake // Jul 31, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I’m pretty sure it’s safe to assume that most weren’t produced in Kentucky – outside of the Camry, of course.

    There have been tons of stories on various auto blogs the past week about VW lines running in short supply and some other cars like the Ford Fusion Hybrid being even tougher to find.

  • 3 jake // Jul 31, 2009 at 11:46 am

    P.S. The VW lines are shut down for the month of August, as almost all foreigners take a month-long vacation or whatever.

    But they typically don’t sell out super-quickly in normal years.

  • 4 Cre // Jul 31, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    It doesn’t matter if they more money. They problem is still the backlog. Read this article: The Real Reason for the “Cash for Clunkers” Suspension. The ex car salesman blog shares exactly why they stopped the program. Even reports that some sales managers are calling asking for the money back because they were denied the rebate when the final paperwork was submitted but their car was already ruined by dumping a solution in the engine. They now have no car. Scary. See:

  • 5 Thunder Storm // Jul 31, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    One termer said he believes cash for clunkers is turning the economy around. How? It’s only been one damn week! How stupid is that.

    Looking at latest spending numbers, GDP is down a little over 1%, consumer spending is down more than 1%, home sales continuing to fall, small businesses are failing everywhere.

    Maybe if one termer keeps pushing the fantasy NATTBATT factory, he’ll believe the economy will get better.

    Why doesn’t one termer instead encourage both verbally and financially more small businesses to be created in Kentucky. Constantly going for the home run like (baseball analogy) Dave Kingman is a losing course of action. Do like recent HOF inductee Ricky Henderson and get over 3,000 hits, steal over 2,000 bases and take the occasional home run when it comes. This will stimulate our economy better than the fantasy NATTBATT company ever will.

  • 6 Thunder Storm // Jul 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    just received a text alert

    I guess I was wrong, ole one termers letter opened the eyes of Congress and they are going to allocate $2B addition to the clunker program.

    I guess we’ll hear about NATTBATT in a few minutes
    He’s still a one termer.

  • 7 Annex Regent // Aug 1, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I wonder how many struggling Americans could have used one of those perfectly good cars or trucks dealers are required to destroy?

  • 8 jake // Aug 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

    They can also be sold for parts.