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.
Economic consultants looking for ways to improve Kentucky's tax system have offered a variety of options that include imposing a tax on food and a variety of services ranging from haircuts to automotive repairs to funerals.