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,...