Heiner releases 12-point plan that reiterates previously stated positions

03/05/2015 01:19 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner rolled out his ticket’s 12-point plan if elected on Wednesday, many of which have already been aired in public forums and 30-second television spots this election cycle.

The plan, titled “Kentucky First,” lists job creation as Heiner’s top priority, a point the candidate has repeated time and again in interviews, debates and television ads.

“Kentucky First” specifically mentions passing right-to-work legislation and eludes to charter schools in that section but offers scant details on his proposal to make the state tax code “fairer for every Kentuckian,” slashing individual and small business tax rates in the process.

Heiner, a former Louisville Metro Council member, also promises to promote transparency in his administration through the creation of “a user-friendly portal that will show how each and every tax dollar is spent” without mentioning the state’s current online system to search government salaries, contracts and spending, open-door.ky.gov.

Heiner further proposes making “each and every cabinet justify each dollar they spend at the start of every budget cycle” in the plan as well as promoting the state’s coal industry, nixing federal Common Core educational curriculum and supporting Kentucky’s congressmen in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The plan’s closing salvo touts his conservative credentials, such as his pro-life beliefs, lifetime membership of the National Rifle Association and views against same-sex marriage.

“As I have traveled across Kentucky over the past year, I have listened to the concerns of thousands of Kentuckians,” Heiner said in a statement.

“It is clear that they crave new leaders focused on putting Kentucky first, not the special interests in Frankfort. They want reformers who can uplift the state to new heights.”

Heiner pledges to stand up for the will of the people as governor, citing a 2004 constitutional amendment that only recognizes marriages between a man and woman in Kentucky. The amendment’s landslide victory more than a decade ago, however, may be rendered moot as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a landmark same-sex marriage case that can potentially overturn Kentucky’s ban.

Heiner is the third Republican candidate to release a formal plan to the electorate.

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott offered a number of position papers as he announced his candidacy Jan. 13, and former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin unveiled his “Bevin Blueprint” last week. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s campaign covers a number of policy topics on its website.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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