Local Investments for Transformation Strongly Urges Senate Action on LIFT/HB1 – Press Release

March 2, 2015


Tyler Glick

Matt Erwin


Local Investments for Transformation Strongly Urges Senate Action on LIFT/HB1


The LIFT (Local Investments for Transformation) Kentucky coalition sounded off on HB1 as the 2015 General Assembly enters the homestretch. On February 12th, HB1 passed the House 62-35:

David Adkisson, President & CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

“The Kentucky Chamber’s strongly supports HB 1.  The House passed this legislation in a resounding bipartisan manner. We urge the Senate to bring LIFT to a vote to provide citizens the opportunity to approve important investments and economic development in their communities.”

Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark & Co-Chairman of LIFT Kentucky

“Public polling has consistently demonstrated 60%+ support for LIFT.  The business community has rallied around LIFT.  Judge-Executives, Magistrates and Mayors are behind LIFT. The legislation cleared the House with the support of both the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader.  All living Governors support LIFT. It deserves a vote in the Senate.”

Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly (R)

“I urge the members of the Senate to allow a vote on HB1 (LIFT). As Senate President Stivers has said from day one, LIFT is the ‘purest form of Democracy.’ Please allow local people the opportunity to decide the future of their local communities.”

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance
  • Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce

What People Are Saying

  • “Putting the local-tax amendment on the November 2014 statewide ballot is a no-brainer. If local people want to levy local taxes on themselves, they should be able to.”

    Al Cross, Courier-Journal columnist
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • …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
  • 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
  • …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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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