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Commerce Lexington releases 2015 policy priorities, including battle against heroin

Heroin is typically cooked in a spoon over an open flame, such as a candle, before being injected.
Heroin is typically cooked in a spoon over an open flame, such as a candle, before being injected. Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

Educating the community about the rising abuse of heroin and building a work force for the future are among the policy efforts announced Monday by Commerce Lexington Inc. Commerce Lexington, which represents 1,700 member organizations, also released its 2015 public policy statement online at Commercelexington.com/policy/statements.aspx.

The policy will guide Commerce Lexington's advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local levels of government. They are developed by more than 40 volunteers.

Carla Blanton, chairwoman of the Commerce Lexington Policy Council, said some issues expected to be discussed during the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly include funding for the state's pension systems, telecommunication law reforms to improve broadband infrastructure, curbing the state's heroin epidemic, enhancing the use of public-private partnerships by state and local government agencies, and tax-reform policies such as the local-option sales tax.

A top priority of Commerce Lexington through its partnership with the Business and Education Network is to identify current and future work force needs, and develop a plan to meet those needs through collaborative community partnerships, Blanton said.

Commerce Lexington is committed to serving Central Kentucky's business community by advocating for pro-business legislation at all levels of government, she said.

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