LIFT KY Board Members Sound Off on New Bluegrass Poll Showing 63% of KY Voters Support Local Option – Press Release


March 12, 2015

Tyler Glick

Matt Erwin


LIFT KY Board Members Sound Off on New Bluegrass Poll Showing 63% of KY Voters Support Local Option

Board members of LIFT (Local Investments for Transformation) Kentucky issued the following statement regarding the recently released Bluegrass Poll:

“Despite yet another statewide poll demonstrating that a strong and growing majority of Kentuckians want more local control over the growth and development of their communities, the State Senate has refused to debate – even for one minute – House Bill 1, better known as Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT) Kentucky. Governor Steve Beshear, all Kentucky’s living former governors, over 50 business and civic organizations are advocating for the measure. The House of Representatives passed the bill with historic bipartisan support. The Kentucky State Senate has chosen to ignore voter voices, and opted instead to maintain the Frankfort status quo.”

Endorsing Groups and Organizations:

  • Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear
  • Former Governor Ernie Fletcher
  • Former Governor Paul Patton
  • Former Governor Brereton Jones
  • Former Governor Martha Layne Collins
  • Former Governor John Y. Brown Jr.
  • Former Governor Julian Carroll
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network
  • AIA Kentucky
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Association of Independent KY Colleges and Universities
  • Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce
  • City of LaGrange
  • Commerce Lexington
  • Floyd County Chamber of Commerce
  • Frankfort/Franklin County Public Policy Group
  • Frankfort/Franklin County Riverfront Development
  • Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission
  • Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades
  • Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Greater Louisville Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Home Builders Association of Louisville
  • Jefferson County Teachers Association
  • Kentuckians for Better Transportation
  • Kentucky Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
  • Kentucky Association of Counties
  • Kentucky Association of Economic Development
  • Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors
  • Kentucky Capital Development Corporation
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Kentucky Conservation Committee
  • Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts
  • Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association
  • Kentucky Recreation & Park Society
  • Kentucky-Indiana Exchange
  • Kentucky League of Cities
  • Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association
  • Kentucky Travel Industry Association
  • KYNDLE – Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement
  • LaRue County Chamber of Commerce
  • Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Metro United Way
  • Metropolitan Alliance for Growth
  • Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Mt. Sterling Chamber of Commerce
  • Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Industrial Authority
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Oldham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Purchase Area Development District
  • Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Transit Authority of River City
  • Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance
  • Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce

What People Are Saying

  • …embodies common-sense, good government principles that most conservatives and Republicans profess to support. It puts power at the local level closest to the people; is taxation with direct representation since the citizens have the right to vote on it; has high accountability by being tied to specific purposes; taxes consumption instead of savings or work; and sunsets instead of continuing indefinitely.

    John David Dyche, conservative columnist
  • The beauty of it is that local voters have the say-so as to its enactment, and they have a sense that they are getting what they pay for.

    Princeton Times-Leader
  • It will allow communities to plan and pay for improvements to enhance civic and economic life without going hat in hand each budget session to Frankfort.

    Lexington Herald-Leader
  • In our opinion, Kentucky voters should be allowed to vote on the local option sales tax because it could fund public facilities without increasing property taxes.

    Morehead News
  • …an idea whose time has come, and could be a crucial economic development tool which will help our local communities build a better future, and the new jobs and businesses we need.

    Hal Goode, President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Economic Development
  • LIFT is a tried-and-true tool that allows for more voter involvement in the process.  Voters, not politicians, would help determine big picture, visionary projects that could improve quality of life.

    Dave Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • …a new way for communities to see the projects they want and need go from the drawing board to reality — and to do it for themselves.

    Jim Host, founder of Host Communications and former State Commerce Secretary
  • Bill Samuels Bellarmine Portrait“Local option makes all the sense in the world. Offering citizens the opportunity to vote on investing in their community is how our country ought to operate.”

    Bill Samuels, Chairman, Emeritus Makers Mark
  • BillLamb“If Louisville could adopt a 1% Local Option Tax, it would impose a minimal burden, but would raise over 90 million dollars a year.”

    Bill Lamb, President and General Manager for WDRB and WNYO
  • Jeff-Bringardner-headshot-only“This is a way to keep dollars in the area, to come up with a diverse slate of projects that sync up with the long-term plans of the community and get voted on by the people”

    Jeff Bringardner, President, Humana Kentucky