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Kentucky Chamber president outlines business community’s legislative goals for upcoming session

Kentucky Chamber President & CEO Dave Adkisson is touring the state, outlining the Kentucky business community’s legislative goals for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

He is also addressing the critical need to resolve the state’s pension problem in order to move forward with a pro-growth, job creating agenda.

Dave Adkisson

He aims to familiarize members of local chambers of commerce with the priorities of the Kentucky Chamber.

Adkisson said the pension issue is “the number one threat” to the state’s financial stability and must be addressed in order to develop the state’s biennial budget.

The nine issues that the Chamber will place significant emphasis on during the legislative session are:

• Responsible Budget
• Tax Reform
• Essential Workforce Skills
• Improve Workers’ Compensation System
• Enable Smoke-Free Workplaces
• Reform the Criminal Justice System
• Enact Legal Liability Reform
• Invest in 21st Century infrastructure
• Protect Low Cost Energy

In addition to the budget, Adkisson said the need for tax reform and the state’s workforce issues will play significant roles in the 2018 legislative session.

“Clearly, our agenda is a full one, and we know that additional issues will emerge as the session progresses,” said Adkisson. “As always, we look forward to the opportunity to represent the interests of Kentucky’s employers as we work together to build a stronger future for our Commonwealth.”

Adkisson and other Chamber leaders will be touring the state through December.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

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