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GUEST POV| Kentucky Chamber Wish List

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Dave Adkisson
WDRB Guest Editorial

The Kentucky Chamber, representing Kentucky’s business community, has been working hard to prepare for the 2016 General Assembly that just kicked off in Frankfort.  In our view, there are two top priorities that must get accomplished:

First, the state must come up with a responsible way to deal with the public pension crisis, and get the Teachers Retirement System back on track. We can’t afford to have our financial ratings downgraded again.

Second, the legislature must write a two-year budget, one that deals with pensions and funds necessary government functions like education and economic development. Writing this year’s budget might even be tougher than during the recession, because of pensions and Medicaid expansion.

Other priorities include legislation to:

  • Pass P3, or public-private partnership legislation. P3 would encourage businesses to partner with government on major projects,
  • Allow charter schools,
  • Invest in higher education by rewarding colleges and universities for the graduates they produce,
  • Enact a right to work law,
  • Pass a consistent, state-wide smoke-free law because Kentucky ranks 50th for cancer deaths,
  • Allow local voters to decide whether to pay for key projects with a local option sales tax,
  • Repeal the prevailing wage law that increases public construction costs,
  • Pass measures to improve Kentucky’s legal climate,
  • Modernize our justice code to be “smarter on crime”,
  • Pass a commonsense law to give ex-felons a second chance after staying clean for five years.

These items will make 2016 a great success. Encourage your state representative and senator now to support these measures for a better Kentucky. 

I’m Dave Adkisson, and that’s my Point of View.

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