GUEST POV | General Assembly a disappointment for Kentucky business community (04-03-15)
By Dave Adkisson President and CEO of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce WDRB Contributor
Some folks are calling the 2015 session of the General Assembly a success due to the passage of bills such as the ones addressing heroin and the road fund. Without question, there is cause to celebrate those accomplishments.
But there is another chapter to this session's story for Kentucky's business community; it's one of disappointment. Many pro-business bills were left hanging in the balance when the final gavel fell.
First, the positive results of the session that will move Kentucky forward:
- Our telecommunications systems can now be modernized
- The state road fund was stabilized
- Legislation to curb the lethal threat of heroin was passed
- A few bills shed some needed light on our underfunded public pension systems
- And, there were no bills passed in this session that were blatantly harmful to the business community.
But it's tough to celebrate a few successes when important issues with strong bipartisan support fail in one legislative chamber after being passed in the other. And that's what happened to bills to authorize public-private partnerships, to allow a public vote on local option sales taxes, to restrict smoking in public places, to enact right to work legislation, to create medical review panels and to direct an independent review of the teachers retirement system.
I realize, anyone working in Frankfort to advance Kentucky can expect to run into some obstacles. As always, we'll keep pushing and hope the members of the General Assembly will see their way clear to pass pro-business legislation next year that will advance Kentucky by creating jobs and supporting Kentucky families.