Gov. Steve Beshear not interested in making tax reform an issue

12/01/2010 07:06 PM

While Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has built his re-election campaign on having to repeatedly rebalance the budget amid the recession, he said he’s not interested in revamping the tax code as a way to steady revenue.

“If people want to sit down and look at our tax code, I think that’s great. We can look at all different ways of doing things,” he said as part of a wide-ranging interview earlier this week. But he said it’s not something he’s looking to push.

And the problem with that approach, some lawmakers have said, is that an undertaking as massive and complex as retooling the state’s tax code requires the full attention and leadership of the governor. State Rep. Bob Damron, the Democratic caucus chairman, made that point on his Oct. 13 appearance on Pure Politics.

But, when reminded of that, Beshear said it’s just not something he wants to push. Instead, he made the point that Kentucky is on the upswing, economically.

“I think we’ve done it better than most states have,” he said. Here’s that part:

Programming note: We’ll have much more from the interview with Beshear on Monday’s edition of Pure Politics.

- Ryan Alessi


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