The major party candidates for governor Tuesday night argued over whether Kentucky should enact Right to Work legislation. Right to work would mean employees could work for unionized businesses without having to pay union dues
Republican candidate Matt Bevin said he wants to “un-constipate Frankfort” by making the state more business-friendly.
“These jobs will come when we pass right to work legislation, comprehensive tax reform, tort reform and fix our pension crisis. If we don’t fix these things, the jobs won’t come, the retirement savings won’t come”
Bevin says that companies looking to expand or relocate pass over Kentucky because it doesn’t have a right to work law on the books.
Democrat Jack Conway argued that the right to work issue is a “solution looking for a problem,” and said the state needs to focus instead on educating the workforce.
The major party candidates for governor also discussed whether Kentucky should drug test welfare recipients during the debate at Centre College last night.
Bevin said that while the state can’t indiscriminately drug test people, it should if it has probable cause.
“Why should people that are getting everything from those who are working every day and being randomly drug tested have no expectation of them on a similar front,”
Democrat Jack Conway, who posed the question about drug testing to Bevin, said that the testing would be expensive and unconstitutional if the state didn’t establish probable cause.
Conway has also stated the he supports drug testing some welfare recipients.