General Assembly Session Starts Tuesday

Nearly 400 bill requests will be considered by lawmakers, but much of the talk is about the budget.

Governor Steve Beshear says the budget process is “going to be painful,” speaking of cuts.

“(It) just hit $100 for a barrel of oil, and that obviously takes money out of people's pockets in terms of spending it on other things; [it] cuts our revenues down,’’ says Gov. Beshear.

Lawmakers will convene to consider changes to the state's gambling laws. There is a bill to require booster seats for certain size children riding in cars, and one to increase penalties for people who abuse animals.

However, money continues to be the most talked about issue.

“Depending on whether we cut taxes a little bit, then that impacts the budget. If we have additional expenditures for education, then that affects the budget, if we expand health care for children, then that impacts the budget,” says Rep. Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville.

Money is tight, but the Governor promises no new taxes.

“I don't have any kind of tax increase at this time. I think Kentuckians are taxed enough. Particularly in these hard economic times,” says Gov. Beshear.

Also on the table are bills to limit tuition increases and one that would possibly set up a sales tax holiday to help people buy school supplies during the month of August.

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  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jan 7, 2008 at 03:18 PM
    Tax-holiday? What are some of these legislators thinking? or are they even thinking at all. Taking the month of August and making it sales-tax free is a HORRIBLE idea, one that would reduce the state's income by about 8%. If you thought the 3% cut to services is going to be bad...imagine cutting 8% more because some silly legislator wants to have a sales-tax free month!!! There would be no way to do this without raising some other tax to make up the revenue...and I'm against that altogether. KY has a low sales tax anyways, leave it alone and don't mess around with what little revenue you can't function without. Looks like its going to be another session of stupid bills polarizing different factions instead of good, well thought-out bills to actually help all the citizens of KY.


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