Mitch McConnell: Senate tax bill helps small business and families while promoting energy independence

For many Americans, the legacy of the Obama economy is sluggish growth, stagnant paychecks, and missed opportunities. A lost generation of workers still struggle with the consequences of the Great Recession and find it nearly impossible to get ahead. One of the biggest obstacles to their success has been our nation’s complex and outdated tax code. For too long it has dragged down our economy and...

Kentucky Realtors 2018 legislative priorities includes tax reform, community development initiatives

Kentucky Realtors released its 2018 Legislative Priorities detailing the legislative initiatives of the real estate and small business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Kentucky Realtors (KYR) knows that homeownership has positive impacts on neighborhoods, communities, and the overall vibrancy of the Kentucky economy. KYR advocates for policies that increase access...

Senator Bernie Sanders to headline ‘Protecting Working Families’ rally in Louisville Friday

On Friday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will join ‘Not One Penny‘ and MoveOn.org Civic Action at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel for the first rally of the four-stop ‘Protecting Working Families Tour’ to oppose the Republican tax plan. The tour is the latest effort by activists to stop the Republican plan. On November 15, Senator Sanders led a call with MoveOn with 11,000...

Americans First: A tax reform plan to help American citizens, not corporations

American citizens who believe in a fair and equitable tax system should be incensed by the Republican tax plans. The Republican establishment still fails to understand that our citizens are tired of a government run for powerful corporations and the super-rich instead of our hard-working citizens. The Republican Senate proposal and the bill that just passed the House have some differences but one...

Mitch McConnell: Republican tax reform plan aims to put more money into pockets of American families

For the last decade, many Kentucky families have been left behind by the Obama economy. It seemed like only the wealthy or the well-connected were able to succeed, leaving the rest behind to struggle through the slowest economic recovery following a major recession since the Great Depression. With stagnating paychecks, vanishing opportunities, and work difficult to find, the pain for far too many...

Bill Straub: With Senate unable to get anything done, McConnell is facing opposition from all sides

It’s becoming obvious that Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell needs to embrace the advice of the late Warren Zevon and seek lawyers, guns and money to fend off the GOP’s right-wing crazies as they go from nipping at his heels to taking a big chunk out of his calf. He is, as the song goes, a desperate man. A coalition of ultra-conservative outfits, including FreedomWorks,...

Mitch McConnell: Delivering tax reform won’t be easy, but it’s necessary to move Kentucky forward

By Mitch McConnell Special to KyForward Speaking with a group in Louisville, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed the single most important action we can take to put our economy back on the right track: comprehensive tax reform.  I welcomed Secretary Mnuchin to our state to hear the questions and concerns that Kentuckians have about the process and to talk about what we can do to help...

Commentary: Eight members of the legislature propose a way forward for tax reform

From: Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Tom Burch, Rep. Attica Scott, Rep. Kelly Flood, Rep. Reginald Meeks, Rep. George Brown Jr., Rep. Mary Lou Marzian and Rep. Joni Jenkins We applaud Gov. Matt Bevin for seeking input on how to overhaul Kentucky’s tax code and ensure our obligations to public workers and retirees are met. There is really no question Kentucky needs to clean up its tax code so we can generate...

Commentary: Any reform of Kentucky’s tax code should meet three specific principles

By Jason Bailey Special to KyForward With the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly in the books, Governor Bevin and the legislature will now turn their attention to a possible special session later this year that will focus on tax reform and pensions. The need to clean up the tax code is among the biggest issues facing the Commonwealth. The growth of tax breaks increasingly undermines our ability to make...

Commentary: Plan to cut taxes at top, increase revenue both misguided and dangerous

By Anna Baumann Special to KyForward The details of the Governor Bevin’s closed-door study on tax reform are unknown, but there are indications the administration intends to begin shifting Kentucky away from income taxes towards sales taxes as suggested by involvement from the out-of-state architect of Kansas’s tax shift, as well as the Governor’s own repeated preference for this approach. Kentuckians...

Col Owens: Kentucky needs to take its future in its own hands and make tax system fairer

The General Assembly has just passed another inadequate state budget. And once again, it has failed to give Kentucky a tax system that will allow it to compete in the 21st-century economy.   As a legal aid attorney and education advocate for 35 years, I’ve long witnessed firsthand how our state budget and revenue system fail to serve working families or to create adequate opportunities for...

Gov. Beshear: We must focus our attention
on a ‘collective vision’ of a stronger Kentucky

In his seventh State of the Commonwealth address last night, Gov. Steve Beshear exhorted legislators to ignore the lure of partisan politics and continue collaborating with him on improving the state’s business climate in two key areas: strengthening Kentucky’s future workforce by investing in education and creating a healthier population, and modernizing the tax code to make the state more competitive.   National...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: Pension and tax reform coming down to final buzzer of a short session

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   Thirteen days in a legislature – the working days left in this one – can seem short but be a lifetime. Especially for issues that have been on the table for months, if not years. Such issues can break suddenly, be passed and signed into law by the governor. Follow Frankfort-in-session long enough, you’ll learn to live with being surprised.   That...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: First week of short session proves it will be worth close attention

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   “Ambitious” has been a mild descriptor of the common wisdom about what’s in store for this year’s short-session agenda.   Consider just two issues:   Tax reform: Here, everywhere and throughout the history of representative government, raising revenue — or even just changing parts of the tax structure and calling it revenue...

Gov. Beshear champions education as top priority in State of Commonwealth address

In his sixth State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Steve Beshear praised legislators for a new atmosphere of respectful discourse but challenged them to use that cooperative spirit to prevent Kentucky’s schoolchildren from becoming “collateral damage” in ongoing budget battles.   Saying nationally recognized progress on K-12 education was being jeopardized by a weakened revenue stream,...