A recent poll conducted by the Lexington Herald-Leader was published Monday. In total, 600 Kentucky residents were interviewed over the phone and asked a variety of questions about political current events.
One of the questions dealt with resolving the state budget crisis. Those polled were asked if they preferred closing tax loopholes, increasing the sales tax, cutting funding for health and education services, or expanding gambling as a way to close the budget shortfall. According to the results nearly 45% agreed that increasing revenue through expanded gambling is the way to go.
I disagree. In fact, I think a few very important options were left off the poll:
- Repealing prevailing wage
- Legalizing industrial hemp
- Making cuts in the bloated state pension system
Two of the three options above provide cuts to current spending. These would be much more desirable options than providing the state with more revenue. Kentucky has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
We have decided to have our own poll. Take a moment and weigh in on the poll located on the sidebar of our blog. We would love to see what you think. Some of the suggestions above have been included.