Heiner makes pitch for shelving common core standards in first meeting with Boone Co. GOP

03/14/2014 12:36 PM

BURLINGTON – Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner told 15 Republicans in Boone County Thursday night that the best shot for Kentucky to pass meaningful tax reform or make other needed changes is to elect a businessman as governor.

Heiner also told the Republicans that, if he were elected, he would push lawmakers to shelve Kentucky’s common core standards and replace it with more advanced standards.

“I’m all for the highest standards, the most rigorous education, develop our own curriculum and our own testing,” said Heiner.

But first Heiner encouraged Republicans to plug into state House races across the state this fall.

“If you look at the states north and south of Kentucky that have had tremendous economic advancement, it’s taken that lineup of a Republican Senate, conservative Republican House, and in the states that I’ve followed, Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee, a business oriented governor,” Heiner said.

Heiner — acknowledging that with the governor’s race still over a year away — said many Kentuckians still aren’t engaged in that race which may have led to the small turnout in Boone County. Heiner announced on March 4 that he will run for the Republican nomination for governor with former finance chairwoman of the Republican Party of Kentucky K.C. Crosbie.

Heiner said tax reform is essential for the future of the state.

“We can’t afford to be an outlier anymore from a tax standpoint,” Heiner said.

As for funding the new Brent Spence Bridge project, Heiner said he wants to get more federal dollars for the project instead of tolls. The GOP candidate said tolls would stifle economic growth for the region.

“I think it’s government’s responsibility to provide infrastructure and shouldn’t automatically look to the equivalent of an extra tax to pay for it,” Heiner said.

Heiner also said that it’s time, once and for all, that the voters of the commonwealth of Kentucky should decide whether they want expanded gaming.


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