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Governor Beshear Has Some Explaining To Do

2012 November 27
by robertnew

A task force looking in to revamping some of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage regulations is getting ready to report back to Gov. Beshear. But according to reports they are “intentionally avoiding some of the larger issues surrounding alcohol sales.”

Here in lies one of the biggest problems facing Kentucky. Governor Beshear appoints all these commissions to study and look at problems, but they are afraid to do anything. The same thing is happening now with the tax commission. They had a deadline but now the governor gave them an extension because they can’t do their job.

We had a task force looking at the pension crisis facing our state and everything they recommended you could have come up with in an hour watching the Suze Orman show.

Perhaps it is time for some of these groups to realize that we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. Kentucky, as well as many other states, will have to make some tough decisions. The hole we are in is getting deeper every year and our debt is mounting.

We already have a poor credit rating, we were named the worst managed state in the nation in 2010, and Gov. Beshear was given a grade of D by CATO Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors for 2012 ranking him near the bottom.

Don’t you wonder how we can be in such a mess by a governor who claims on his website:

“Despite repeated budget shortfalls, Governor Beshear has balanced Kentucky’s budget eight different times, yet has prevented significant cuts to our priorities of education, critical public safety programs and job creation efforts. And he has balanced the budget without any broad-based tax increases on Kentucky families and businesses.

Governor Beshear shrank state government to its smallest size in a generation, and continues to find ways to improve government efficiency with fewer taxpayer dollars. Some steps have included cutting political appointees and contracts, as well as selling off unneeded state property and vehicles. In addition, Gov. Beshear and his senior staff and cabinet secretaries have each taken 10 percent paycuts. Recognizing the growing cost of the state employee pension systems, Governor Beshear proposed and signed a landmark pension reform bill to reduce out-of-control costs while honoring the commitment to teachers, police officers, firefighters and state employees. This reform also helped ease the burden on the budgets of county and local governments and school districts.”

I think the governor has some explaining to do to the tax payers of Kentucky.

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