FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate David
Williams on Wednesday discussed a plan that calls for eliminating
individual and corporate income taxes as way to help create jobs.
Williams told reporters that he had intended to discuss his
proposals during a series of political debates but that Democratic
Gov. Steve Beshear has declined his repeated invitations for public
"With the unemployment crisis we have in this state it is
imperative we talk about bold ideas to get people back to work,"
Williams said. "I am willing to do that, but Steve Beshear
apparently is not. He has no agenda for the next four years, but I
certainly do and am willing to show up and talk about it."
Williams, president of the Kentucky Senate, proposed a broad
plan for changing the state tax structure in a way that he said
would make the state more accommodating to businesses so they could
create jobs for the nearly one in 10 people who remain out of work.
Williams also proposed a moratorium on new administrative
regulations that he said could hamper job growth and a local option
provision that would allow voters to decide whether to pay
prevailing wages on public construction projects in their
Kentucky Democratic Party spokesman Matt McGrath was critical of
"David Williams' shiny plan with fancy photographs isn't worth
the paper it's printed on," McGrath said. "And it certainly can't
hide a quarter of a century as a career politician, abusing
taxpayer dollars to enrich himself rather than improving the lives
Trailing badly in the polls, Williams has struggled to find a
way to jumpstart his lackluster campaign. Wisconsin Republican Gov.
Scott Walker is expected to stump for Williams in Kentucky on
Beshear has agreed to two debates with Williams and independent
candidate Gatewood Galbraith in October. One of them will be
televised on the state's public television network.
Williams proposed a series of tax breaks that would be put in
place while a commission develops a comprehensive proposal for tax
changes it says would help both businesses and workers.
During a press briefing at Republican Party headquarters,
Williams also repeated his call for the federal government to stop
trying to shut down the state's mining industry through burdensome
regulation. He said that would drive up electricity rates and put
Kentucky at a competitive disadvantage in creating manufacturing
He also proposed lifting the state's moratorium on construction
of nuclear power plants, saying that could allow the state to
retain the specialized workforce at the beleaguered Paducah Gaseous
Diffusion Plant in western Kentucky.
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