POV: Changing the Norm in Frankfort - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POV: Changing the Norm in Frankfort (7/1/13)

WDRB President and General Manager Bill Lamb WDRB President and General Manager Bill Lamb

Virtually every state that surrounds Kentucky is financially healthier and attracting more new businesses than we are.

Yet Kentucky's state legislature was recently cited as the second-strongest in America.

Contradictory?  No, because the out-of-proportion power held by our lawmakers is part of the problem – not the solution.

Right now, our lawmakers have little incentive to compromise, because they're confident of winning re-election as long as they bring home the pork.  And since no significant local laws can be passed without Frankfort's blessing, we're ALL held back by their inertia.

The problem's been made even worse by the fact that lawmakers from Louisville, Lexington and the Northern Kentucky counties have generally been so dysfunctional, they've failed to effectively represent the most populous and important parts of the state, allowing rural interests to hold far too much sway.

County mergers…elimination of onerous state taxes…"Right to Work" legislation – these are just a few of the things that would give us an immediate economic shot in the arm.  But we have to be willing to change the way we do business.

If Kentucky really wants to move into the 21st century, we can't keep living in the past. Our neighboring states learned that lesson years ago. And I just hope we can have the wisdom to learn from them.

Call and tell us what you think might help.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…point of View.

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