Fresh off their historic wins in the General Assembly, Kentucky House Republicans are strategizing this week at a retreat in Bowling Green.
The GOP caucus has 23 new members heading into the 2017 legislative session. Republicans control thestate House for the first time since 1921, and maintain a comfortable majority in the Senate.
Representative Jim DeCesare of Warren County says he expects economic issues will dominate the session.
“We’re not just competing with Tennessee and Indiana. We’re competing on a global basis now for jobs and industries," DeCesare told WKU Public Radio. Being centrally located within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the nation, we’re situated perfectly to grow our economy.”
Republicans are expected to push several measures that they think will make Kentucky more business-friendly, including right-to-work and tax reform.
Those issues will be heard in the Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee, which will be chaired by Representative DeCesare. Committee chairs for the next two years were announced at this week’s retreat.