Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson is still fighting for the legislature to take recommendations from his Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform.
Abramson says he has delivered 59 speeches to encourage constituents to lobby their representatives and senators to take up the issue.
The commission’s report includes 54 suggestions to reform the state tax code and generate an estimated $660-million annually. “The Governor’s working with the leadership to find areas to find common ground to agree on, said Abramson." "I’m out on the trail trying to gin up the involvement of the average guy and gal in a community and I’m asking them to call their legislator, go see their legislator and tell them that they will support that kind of vote."
Abramson says lawmakers are frightened about voting on taxes especially in an election year. He wouldn’t offer odds on whether or not the legislature will take up the issue in January. The Commonwealth has cut more than $1.6-billion in the last six years.
Abramson has two years remaining as Lt. Governor, but this is his last feasible opportunity to push for tax reform. Passing tax reform is procedurally less challenging during the upcoming budget session than garnering a two-thirds vote in an off budget year.
Republican Suzanne Miles claimed victory in a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District Tuesday night.
Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Congressman Brett Guthrie, tallied 3,548 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal. Humphrey amassed 3,436 votes.
Humphrey did not concede the race Tuesday night and the chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party says a re-canvass will be requested.
However, following a speech last Friday in Detroit, the freshman Senator said his wife, Kelly, is opposed to him running for president. Paul said his thoughts about being in the spotlight shift from week to week, adding “Sometimes you have a good week. The next week they pound you to death. You know, the haters and the hacks go after you.”
Paul recently faced criticism for using material in some of his speeches and newspaper editorials that were lifted—without attribution—from other sources. Paul said much of the negative attention was coming from, what he called, “haters”.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team has a new owner. The team has been sold to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, a group that also owns the Triple-A team in Reno, Nevada.
Stuart Katzoff leads the new ownership group, which also includes Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon and Katzoff’s father. The Hot Rods will remain in Bowling Green and will still be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The team was previously owned by Art Solomon.
“This is an announcement we make with extremely mixed feelings and a heavy heart,” said Solomon. “The people in this region have been so welcoming to us since we arrived in the fall of 2008, and without them we would not be where we are today. Stuart Katzoff is an outstanding, successful owner, and I have no doubt that this new era for the Hot Rods will mean great things for downtown Bowling Green and the surrounding region.”
The Class-A Midwest League team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009 and has 15 years remaining on its lease with the city.
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