Tax Reform on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Andy Hightower, one of our guests tonight on Kentucky Tonight wrote on his Kentucky Club for Growth website last week that the 2011 gubernatorial candidates had boiled down their action plans for comprehensive tax form to these phrases:

  • -Governor Steve Beshear: “Do Nothing”
  • -Senate President David Williams: “Create a Commission”
  • -Phil Moffett: “Simplify”
  • -Bobbie Holsclaw: “Wrong Foot”
  • -Gatewood Gailbraith: “Reward Certain Populations”

Which one, if any, do you agree with?

Our guests tonight are:

  • -State Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville
  • -State Rep. Bill Farmer, R-Lexington
  • -Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates
  • -Andy Hightower, executive director of the Kentucky Club for Growth

I believe I’ll ask Andy to lead off the conversation tonight with an explanation of each of those proposals.

I hope you’ll join us tonight, January 31, at 8/7 pm CT on KET, on-line, and on the phone.  As always, you can send questions in advance or during the program by phone (800-494-7605) and email ( The program is closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired; the number for TDD calls is 800-395-5388.

2 Responses to “Tax Reform on Kentucky Tonight”

  1. Bill Masters says:

    A great discussion tonight about an important and complex issue.

    One suggestion for the show: it would be helpful to show the call-in number regularly during the broadcast; it showed briefly near the beginning of the show and if one missed it at that point & didn’t have the number then there was no way to call in to comment.

    City/County: Midway

  2. Thomas O'Flynn says:

    I was amazed that the only elements of discussion tonight was how to raise taxes or spend more money. When my family has a budget crisis we look first at how to spend less. I received a letter recently from one of our Cabinets in Frankfort. It said I was not to respond to the writer but gave me another name and number. I called, got voice mail naturally, and when the call was returned was told it’s not my job call this lady. Called her and same response. Finally get the right person. If that happened in my business I’d say we had a management problem.
    Boone is a contributor county. We get much less back from Frankfort than we send. Because of the stupid way schools are funded we are taxed on many necessities like water, electricity, and telephones. It was amusing to hear that these should not get taxed.
    There are two things you don’t want to see made sausage and legislation. We have the most inept legislature in the country.

    City/County: Boone County

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