Crunch time for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
“Research does not support the claim that tax breaks help states’ economies, but they do make it harder for states to invest in the building blocks of growth. Consider one final bit of budgetary context; the General Fund revenue we are losing through HB 354 is enough to pay for 1,635 teachers – or an average of about 14 teachers per district.” —Pam Thomas, KCEP.
One of the biggest things to happen this week didn’t occur on the floor of the house, although there was some action there too. The Bevin Administration is alarmed that the General Assembly might discontinue the Kentucky Wired Initiative—the effort to bring broadband internet to Kentucky’s rural communities.
Legislative Research Commission (“LRC”), the agency tasked with assisting the legislature, passed out some “hot” topics for the upcoming session. Many constituents have asked about the pension income exemption and the sales tax as applied to charities. Those appear among the first topics to be addressed in the upcoming session.
The Legislative Research Commission (“LRC”) is the non-partisan, support agency for the Kentucky General Assembly. LRC led and organized the new legislator orientation which I attended this past week. There were many informative sessions. One of the most helpful was the session dealing with Kentucky’s budget.
The Kentucky Supreme Court issued today its long awaited decision on the constitutionality of the pension system reform bill (SB 151). The decision was unanimous (7-0) and authored by Justice Daniel J. Venters of the Supreme Court 3rd District with a concurrence in result authored by Justice VanMeter.
The Kentucky Supreme Court in a 7-0 decision ruled medical review panels were unconstitutional in that they violated the “open courts” provision of the Kentucky Constitution.
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Look for Repubs to characterize a potential loss as the end of the "blue wave", but be prepared to dig deeper. Deep in the Republican territory of Jackson, I'd call anything between 16% and 30% as expected.