When Kentucky's legislators gather for the 2015 General Assembly, they will face issues that could have a major impact on businesses.
The Kentucky Chamber will watch closely, looking for ways to make state government more effective and accountable.
Improving education will continue to be the No. 1 priority of the Chamber because education represents the future of Kentucky's work force. Supporting Kentucky's schools and academic standards is critical to our success.
Resolving our public pension problems is a priority. Despite reforms in recent years, the system is still struggling. Lawmakers must find funds to keep promises made to state workers and retirees while balancing long-term sustainability. Our pension obligations have downgraded the financial standing of Kentucky, and how we address them will affect everything state government does - like funding our schools.
The Chamber will again support a bill that will encourage partnerships between private companies and government. These partnerships would create jobs while saving tax dollars and providing needed services.
Other priorities include modernizing telecommunications laws, working to make public places smoke-free, and giving cities and counties the right to take local projects to voters.
Kentucky must double down on efforts to be competitive and to out-think other states in terms of job creation. Each time policymakers gather for a legislative session, we need to be there with solid proposals - not just about how we can keep up with the competition - but how Kentucky can be the best!