Gov. Steve Beshear was in Owensboro Monday night talking about raising government revenues. From The Lexington Herald Leader:
“Beshear again said expanded gambling and an increase in the cigarette tax — two proposals that failed in the legislature this spring — have the most potential to boost state revenues.”
“”If you don’t agree with this particular source, let’s find some other source,“ he said. ”We need to hear from the people what they’re willing to do.“”
“Beshear said he hadn’t decided whether he would reconvene the legislature for a special session to deal with a new revenue measure before the end of the year.”
Actually, the most efficient way to boost state revenues is to make the most of what we already have. Cutting out corporate welfare, repealing prevailing wage, and repealing Certificate of Need would provide a nice start to paying off our unfunded public employee benefits. We should focus on paying for the government we have already committed to, Governor, before we go looking for ways to make government bigger.