FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has said he's open to
tax reforms as Kentucky comes out of the economic recession.
Beshear mentioned the issue briefly in an inaugural speech
Tuesday afternoon on the front steps of the Capitol, saying the
state's political leaders must find the political courage to lay a
foundation for a better tomorrow. He said that foundation
"requires" restructuring the state's tax system "to make it more
fair and efficient."
Throughout his first term as governor and in his re-election
campaign, Beshear had been reluctant to consider tax reforms. He
didn't elaborate on the topic during the speech delivered on the
first day of his second term.
His chief opponent in the Nov. 8 election, Republican David
Williams, had made tax reform a key part of his campaign.
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