Bevin unveils his seven point economic plan for Kentucky
02/23/2015 05:55 PM
FLORENCE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin officially kicked off his campaign for governor on Monday with a three city stop where he unveiled his seven point plan to create jobs and economic opportunity for Kentucky.
Bevin, who was joined by his running mate Janean Hampton on the inaugural campaign tour unveiled his “blueprint” which calls for enacting right-to-work legislation, modernizing Kentucky’s tax code, resolving the pension crisis, reforming Kentucky government by eliminating personnel and waste, modernizing Kentucky’s education system, improving the state’s health by repealing kynect and fighting federal government overreach that hurts the state like the current regulations on the production and consumption of coal.
Bevin says his plan to make Kentucky a right-to-work state is not an attempt to bust unions but to create more jobs and a better business environment.
“If you look at the last couple of years, the states where union memberships have increased the fastest are all right-to-work states,” Bevin said. “The reason being, where there are jobs, there are the possibilities for unions to thrive.”
Bevin also pledged that he would cut his executive staff 20 percent from the current totals and look at other ways that the state could save money.
“I am convinced, just as we need to do in our own homes and as we need to do in our own businesses, that we can be more efficient,” Bevin said. “One of the things that we’re going to have on my staff is one person, of those 80 percent that are left, that is dedicated specifically to finding waste and redundancy and inefficiencies in state government and bring that to my plate so that we can find ways to eliminate it.”
One point of the plan Bevin said is to repeal the states kynect healthcare exchange and allow citizens of the commonwealth to use the federal system under the Affordable Care Act.
“The Affordable Care Act has created a federal exchange that is up and functional,” Bevin said. “As long as that exists, why are we, at an expense that we can’t afford, why are we creating that redundancy?”
Bevin also was critical of Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney Jack Conway for not joining 26 states in challenging President Obama’s November 2014 executive order on immigration which would allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to receive work authorization and remain in the country.
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ordered a preliminary injunction to halt the immigrations policies from moving forward. That decision that was appealed on Monday by the Department of Justice.
“Kentucky was not part of those 26 states and we should have been,” Bevin said. “But Jack Conway dropped the ball.”
One challenge Bevin and all of the gubernatorial candidates will face, if history repeats itself, is low voter turnout. In fact, Boone County usually has some of the lowest voter turnout percentages in the state.
Bevin says that voters need to wake up and take an interest if they want to see economic growth and a healthier Kentucky.
“If we want jobs for our children, if we want jobs for our grandchildren, and, for many of us who are still working age folks, want jobs for ourselves, and we don’t want to see 1600 jobs leaving places like Erlanger, you pick the corner of this state, the jobs are leaving a lot faster than they are coming, this is why people should care,” Bevin said.
Bevin and Hampton began the day in Shelbyville before heading to Northern Kentucky and they finished their three city tour in Bowling Green.
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