Beshear extends deadline for tax commission; Says it's 'asking a lot' to pass reforms in '13 session

11/15/2012 03:35 PM

The group charged with recommending ways to revamp Kentucky’s tax code will have until the end of December to finalize its report, which only amplifies doubt that reforms will get done during the 2013 General Assembly session, said Gov. Steve Beshear.

Beshear on Thursday hinted that it’s more likely he could call a special session later in 2013 after the regular 30-day session ends March 26.

He said it would be logistically tough to pass something as complex as reforming the tax code in a 30-day session when other issues, such as state employee pension system reforms, need to be done. Plus, any measure dealing with revenue during the regular 30-day session in odd-numbered years requires approval of three-fifths of each chamber: 60 of the 100 House members and 23 of the 38 senators.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson is leading the tax reform commission, which consists of 19 business leaders and social and education advocates along lawmakers who serve as ex-officio members. The group is set to meet again on Monday as members try to reach consensus on recommendations to give the governor — and lawmakers — a single report to change the tax code. Nick Storm had a run-down of what they decided in their last meeting Nov. 8.

Beshear made his comments Thursday to Pure Politics’ Don Weber and other reporters after a ground breaking ceremony in Florence for the expansion of make-up company L’Oreal’s expansion, which will lead to 200 more jobs.

At the ceremony, Beshear also explained his (temporary) new look of glasses and a bit of a shiner after having minor surgery last week to repair a detached retina.

He explained that to the crowd, which included Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, who also was sporting a new look:

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