Put an end to 'tax and spend'
It comes as no surprise that I did not receive the endorsement from the Herald-Leader since I was not even granted the opportunity for an interview during the General Election.
Frankfort is broken and career politicians are out of touch with the needs facing our commonwealth. Kentucky was ranked the 47th worst fiscal state by Barron's financial magazine. It cited Kentucky's growing debt of over $14 billion and current pension crisis with over $30 billion in unfunded liabilities as contributing factors.
On top of all of this, Kentucky has over 175,000 people out of work. Yet my opponent is doing nothing to solve these problems.
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If we continue sending the same people back to Frankfort, we will continue having the same problems.
My opponent voted to increase our state debt another $1.1 billion. She ignored our pension crisis while voting to increase her own legislative pension. She also supported legislation to add $371 million in taxes on small businesses. Business as usual is bad business for Kentucky.
I will put an end to the tax and spend, big-government mentality. I will make Frankfort accountable to taxpayers and hold the line on spending. I will push for choice in education and help Kentucky foster a more business-friendly climate. I will promote real tax reform and provide solutions to our failing pension system.
Most importantly, I will help bring an end to the failed leadership that has plagued Kentucky for far too long. I am asking for your vote on Nov. 6.
Republican candidate, House 79
Career politician is no solution
I am Richard Marrs and I am running for state representative. My wife and I have four beautiful children. We are both self-employed small-business owners just trying to make it. We share that in common with every voter.
I want to promote and protect our local businesses. I want to make Frankfort more transparent and accountable. In addition, we must pass a budget on time and let the people vote on expanded gaming.
Let's work with Agricultural Commissioner James Comer on industrialized hemp. We can not tax, borrow and spend our way to prosperity. Kentucky's pension system is $30 billion underfunded. Barron's magazine ranked Kentucky as the 47th worst fiscal state.
My opponent has been the state representative for 22 years. The state unemployment rate stands at 8.1 percent under her watch. Time and time again she has voted for increasing your taxes.
In 2010, she voted for almost $400 million in job-killing small business taxes and the bourbon tax. She even favors bringing back the estate tax. She cannot keep her own house in basic state of repair as was evident by the Herald-Leader's Jan. 1 article.
How can a career politician be part of the solution in Frankfort? The answer is she can't. She is part of the problem. I am in favor of term limits, no special-session pay and no pensions for state representatives.
It's time for a change. Vote Richard Marrs for state representative.
Republican candidate, House 76