This week, Kentucky House Majority Leader Greg Stumbo teamed with Minority Leader Jeff Hoover to introduce the Local Option Sales Tax plan, which would allow the citizens of local communities to vote on funding special projects through a temporary extra one percent sales tax. Last year, it easily passed the House, but the Republican-controlled Senate wouldn't even allow it out of committee.
This should not be that controversial. The plan doesn't impose any new tax on anyone, but simply allows citizens to impose one on themselves for projects that can't be funded from any other source. And now that Governor Bevin's budget cuts have cut so deeply in so many areas, local communities will have to look to themselves for financial resources that won't be coming from Frankfort.
As I said last year, this is a pro-job, pro-development, pro-local control idea supported by Kentucky's business community. How can it not get any movement in a Republican-controlled State Senate? Could it be because the Frankfort insider crowd is getting nervous that some control might actually move away from Frankfort?
Most Kentuckians I know insist they can be trusted to make their own decisions instead of being told what they can and can't do. Well, the Local Option Sales Tax is the most effective way of giving us all that ability, and I hope this time around, our elected representatives will treat us like the grown-ups we are.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.