I was an elected official for 25 years. The state legislature was talking tax reform all that time. Through those years, our government officials balanced the budget by bond indebtedness and stimulus money from the federal government.
Eleven of 13 years, the legislature did not fund its portion of the state employee retirement fund. The officials did and continue to fully fund their own and separate retirement and health care benefits.
In addition, to help balance the budget, the money people spend for specialty license plates to help such things as the pet spay-and-neuter program is swept into the General Fund. Even if these actions are not criminal, they are not right.
Kentucky will continue to fiscally spiral downward if tax reform is not done. Please encourage your legislators not to address or study tax reform but to do the right thing and enact it.