‘Local Investments for Transformation’ debate gets real: Curtis Morrison previews 2013 Kentucky General AssemblyI know. Most wonkish headline ever. Something I struggle with, obviously.
My initial less clever comments and original entry is still up here after the jump:
I'll be writing a bit about the 2012 Kentucky Association of Counties Conference & Exposition opening speeches for Insider Louisville, but I'll upload the entire speeches here for nerds like us who have no lives, and watch these kinds of things.
Jefferson County Judge/Executive Bryan Mathews endorses KACo plan for solving pension crisis, and advocates Fairness ordinances in individual Kentucky counties:
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer advocates for legislators in the upcoming Kentucky legislative session to have the courage to pass what he calls LIFT, Local Investments for Transformation.
I've warmed up to this idea since I first heard him propose it in July. Local governments do need sustained revenue to do great things. While ideally, I'd like the wealthy to absorb a fair share of that with a less regressive tax, we can't let them hold us hostage indefinitely. We can do great things without them.
And Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson agreeing with Fischer:
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, Greg Stumbo, offered a rebuttal on local option sales taxes, which sadly, sounds like it's just looking out for auto dealers.
Stumbo has received $7,000 in campaign contributions from the KENTUCKY AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ELECTION TRUST.
Stumbo made very compelling arguments for Kentucky light rail during the same speech:
Could someone tell the good Speaker how much easier it would be to pull off this kind of project, if he changed his position on the local option sales tax? Oh, I just did. Cool. I should do this for a living or something.