Three Forums Scheduled For This Week
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher told a crowd of more than 200 people in Hopkinsville today he’s committed to reforming Kentucky out-dated, antiquated and unfair tax code. JOBS for Kentucky reduces state income taxes on 98% of Kentuckians while dropping 300,000 Kentucky family members off tax rolls altogether. The tax modernization plan grows our economy and creates new jobs and opportunity.
“I am extremely pleased with the success of the statewide forums. Not only are they informative and educational for all who attended, the forums also provide me and my staff with valuable information about what the public wants,” said Governor Fletcher. “Through the forums, I have learned that Kentuckians overwhelmingly support a cigarette tax increase. I also believe Kentuckians understand just how important it is to pass my JOBS for Kentucky plan.”
Forums have been held this month in cities from Henderson to Ashland. In Northern Kentucky, hundreds attended the kick-off event, it was standing room only in Murray and in Somerset, video conferencing was used to link several southeastern Kentucky communities to the forum.
Today at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Conference Center, Governor Fletcher moderated his seventh forum this month saying, “My JOBS for Kentucky plan will ensure that revenues will grow as Kentucky grows, helping to address the needs of vital programs such as education and Medicaid.”
Among other things, the JOBS for Kentucky plan would:
- Create 7,000 new jobs in the first full year of implementation;
- Generate business expansion and relocation to Kentucky by removing barriers to making investments and creating jobs;
- Reduce income tax burden on 98 percent of all working Kentuckians and take 300,000 low income Kentucky family members off the tax rolls;
- Shift some increased cost of the Medicaid program to people who chose to smoke;
- Provide much-needed stability to Kentucky’s tax structure; and
- Raise revenue in the long run without raising taxes.
During each forum, state legislators were invited and encouraged to attend and provide input for the public as well. Many legislators are enthusiastic about the prospect of passing a tax modernization plan during the 2005 session of the General Assembly.
Governor Fletcher’s efforts to educate the public through statewide forums has also received support from media outlets across the state. An editorial in the Messenger Inquirer in Owensboro this month applauded the governor’s commitment to tax modernization, stating, “The General Assembly can help put Kentucky on that path of progress by passing Fletcher’s proposal.”