POV | Senate Republicans Must Support LIFT – WDRB

By Bill Lamb
Source: WDRB

WDRB 41 Louisville News

The Local Investments for Transformation – or LIFT — tax is a proposal to amend Kentucky’s constitution to allow citizens to bypass state approval and vote on the funding of local projects through an extra one percent sales tax that would expire once the project is paid for.

It easily passed the state House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. But so far, Senate Republicans aren’t even allowing a committee vote on this important bill. And that’s just wrong.

For too long Kentucky has relied on failed, top-down management. But while Republicans say they’re for local control and economic development, they’re doing nothing to support that claim in this instance.

This is a pro-job, pro-development, pro-local control idea supported by Kentucky’s business community. How can it not get any movement in a Republican-controlled State Senate? Could it be because the Frankfort insider crowd is getting nervous that some control might actually move away from Frankfort?

Look — this plan is the purest form of democracy because it’ll simply give us the right to vote yes for small taxes that will benefit projects we want, or no for a project we don’t support.

If that sounds simple, that’s because it is. It’s time for our Republican Leadership to grow a spine and lead, instead of timidly worrying about pleasing Tea Partiers.

Call and tell us what you think.

I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.

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