Fletcher, Beshear Favor Easing Taxes On Horse Farmers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - No matter who gets the most votes in
Kentucky's governor's race this fall, horse farmers could be big
winners.

Both Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Democratic challenger
Steve Beshear said Tuesday they favor exempting horse feed and
supplies from the state sales tax.

"Right now, all of agriculture except the horse industry has a
sales tax exemption on things like buying feed and equipment,"
Beshear said during a debate. "It is time that we also give that
exemption to the horse industry."

Fletcher agreed, saying "the equine industry is our largest
agriculture industry" and the state needs to do its part to
nurture it.

Showing no signs of wear from a grueling schedule of debates,
the candidates continued their tit for tat in a sometimes
contentious prime-time faceoff that highlighted their differences
on a number of issues, including the state's role in curbing
illegal immigration in Kentucky.

While immigration is a problem nationwide, it's the federal
government's duty, not individual states, to enforce the laws
currently on the books, Beshear said.


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