When Kentucky’s 2016 General Assembly meets early next year, they’ll be presented with a wish list of items Mayor Greg Fischer would like to see passed that would directly benefit the city of Louisville.
There will, of course, be requests for money to fund a number of local projects. But Fischer’s top three priorities involve simple requests to let Louisville conduct its business as it sees fit without interference from state government.
Number one will again be passage of a constitutional amendment allowing local governments to increase their sales tax by one percent to fund special projects. Such an increase would only go into effect if we, the voters, choose to approve it. And we could choose not to.
Also on Fischer’s list is a request to change state law to allow the use of 12-hour shifts for Louisville Metro Police Department officers, as well as an expansion of the city’s power to better deal with vacant and abandoned properties.
These priorities have three things in common:
They don’t ask for a penny from state government.
They’ve all been turned down in previous sessions.
And they involve things that aren’t any of Frankfort’s business in the first place.
What’s good for Louisville is good for Kentucky, and it’s time for our rural legislators to acknowledge that we know our own needs better than they do.
I hope they’ll listen to Mayor Fischer this time.
Call with your thoughts.
I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my Point of View.