Williams Skeptical Of Beshear's Dire Economic Forecast

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Senate President David Williams continues to voice skepticism about Gov. Steve Beshear's recent warning of the "dire" financial outlook presented by the projected $294 million revenue shortfall this year, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

"The fact that the revenue forecasters make this revenue forecast is not going to make me fall into his spin zone," Williams, R-Burkesville, said in an interview last week. "The man has declared some kind of catastrophe every few weeks since he's been in office."

Beshear, a Democrat, announced the projected shortfall late last month and said he would reach out to work with legislators on both sides of the political aisle in crafting a solution. He said that will require spending cuts and may require a tax increase, the C-J reports.

If higher taxes are to be part of the solution, the governor will need an agreement with Williams, who successfully opposed Beshear's proposals early this year to raise revenue by legalizing casinos and increasing the cigarette tax.

Williams sharply criticized Beshear for campaigning for opponents of Republican state Senate candidates and saying late last week that he would continue to try to elect Democrats to the Senate in 2010, reports the C-J.

"If we ever get the governor off the campaign trail, or ever get his fist out of our face, we will be glad to talk to him. But up to this juncture he's not shown any indication that he wants to do anything but keep his fist in our face," Williams said.

He said that isn't a smart approach for Beshear if he'll need votes on a tough budget-balancing bill from Republican senators up for election in 2010.

But Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton said the governor has reached out to Republicans and Democrats alike for cooperation in solving the budget problem and made no threats to Republicans, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

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  • by Halyn Location: Somerset on Nov 13, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    We need casinos...every state around us has them, why can't we? We have a $900 Million shortfall thanks to Ernie Fletcher and we need the money now.
  • by Former Beshear fan Location: E. KY on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    I swallowed Beshear's campaign promises hook, line, and sinker because I am a Democrat and Fletcher had pretty much cleaned out the coffers before he left office. Now I am thinking clearer and I have begun watching what Beshear does with taxpayers' money (part of it is mine), and I believe it's true that Beshear is trying to scare legislators into passing the casino bill by saying we are millions in debt. But in the meantime, the forthcoming "sacred" Equestrian Games will be spared no expense in its preparations, and neither will any other projects the Gov. personally wants funded. Williams gets my dander up sometimes, but I agree with his "fist in the face" scenario.
  • by Heather Location: Williamsburg, Kentucky on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    Beshear just wants to scare everybody into passing his casino plan. Make Kentuckians think we'll not survive without them. He can't fool me. At least when Fletcher was in office we didn't have financial problems. But let me guess, you all are going to say he created them? Wrong. Beshear is only making it look like we have financial woes so he can get what he wants. David Williams may run his mouth alot but it sure seems to me he's in the local paper alot awarding money to cities and counties. How many times had Beshear awarded money so far to my town? Zero. He's actually taking money away. but not allowing construction on 92W to continue. Yeah let's raise taxes Beshear, that's exactly what we need, like I or anyone else can afford to pay higher taxes. In the meantime I'm monitoring your approval ratings.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    i am skeptical of the whole bunch. since they are paid by our taxpayer dollars and elected by taxpayers, they are employed by taxpayers. we should demand justification and be able to give approval (vote) for what they propose. we outnumber government and we should exercise our rights as citizens by standing up to the government when we do not approve. why are people so afraid to do this? i applaud those who picket during legislative sessions to fight for what they believe. we need to picket to ensure they do not give themselves a raise in 2009. we have so much debt and the commoners have to pay for it. lawmakers do not deserve another raise and this must stop. they should not receive a raise for 5 years to experience what it is like. those who are paid minimum wages do not get raises very often-not even every 5 years. How are they expected to survive? we should require lawmakers to live for one year making minimum wage before campaigning for office. maybe that will make a difference.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Nov 9, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    This is exactly why they can't get anything done in Frankfort. David Williams and his smart alec comments and condescending tone about everything the governor has to say really helps. If David Williams actually cared about Kentucky or its people, he would be interested in hearing what the governor has to say and what the revenue forecasters had to say, because they are the ones who know what money is coming in and is likely to come in later. Last time I checked, a worthless lawyer couldn't keep up with money very well, that's why they always want more. So, David Williams, if you really care about Kentucky, shut that fat mouth of yours and stop the wisecracks and try listening every now and then. If you don't like or believe what you are presented with, then vote against it...that's how a Democracy works. But running your mouth because you don't like anyone that isn't insanely right-wing shows how much you DON'T deserve to be where you are at.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Nov 9, 2008 at 08:45 AM
    Yea you see when a moderate republicans reaches out to a democrat they get their faces slapped John McCain hint hint nudge nudge and they should. You do not shake hands and hand a olive branch to a 2000 pound gorilla he will rip your arms off. Republicans get back to your conservative values and give the people something to vote for and get Sarah Palin leading the charge a real conservative. Then our party will get started cleaning out these so called moderate and blue blood country club republicans if you want an example McCain and new york Bloomberg!Yea the democrats and liberals in Frankfort can spend their millions on want they want and then tell every one else its doom and gloom you call their hand David you are fighting for Kentucky.
  • by fed up on Nov 9, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Williams ia a thug. He opposes everything and offers no solutions or alternatives. He has continued to be a blockade against improvements for the state. How can you reach out to someone who can not compromise or even believe the facts in front of him.


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