Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
"Your Money, Your Priorities" Survey Lets Kentuckians Share Their Thoughts With Governor Fletcher

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new online survey allows citizens across Kentucky to let Governor Ernie Fletcher know how they think the Commonwealth’s anticipated budget surplus can be best used.

Visitors to the Governor’s Web page – – can take the survey by clicking on the “Your Money, Your Priorities” icon on the left-hand side.  The survey will remain online through January 25.

“Over the past few weeks, I have visited several Kentucky communities in town hall forums, listening to citizens’ views as to how they believe our anticipated surplus can best be used,” said Governor Fletcher. “Now, all Kentuckians can express their opinions online by participating in a Web-based survey. This is our way of making it easier for the taxpaying public to make their views known.”

On November 2, 2006, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the findings of the Quarterly Economic and Revenue Report from the Office of State Budget Director. The report states that General Fund revenues for the current fiscal year are coming in ahead of projections and are expected to exceed budgeted levels by the end of the fiscal year.  While the estimate will vary from time to time, the current estimate anticipates an extra $279 million.

The online survey asks participants to first rank several possible priorities which have been identified by the Fletcher Administration, or add their own. Participants can also view more information about the surplus, and have space to leave their own thoughts and comments for Governor Fletcher.

“It’s not often a Governor has an opportunity to go to the people to ask how to spend a state budget surplus,” said Governor Fletcher. “I encourage all Kentuckians to participate in a town hall meeting or complete this survey. Let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.”