Interview: David Williams on working with lawmakers, crafting a budget and passing expanded gambling

09/19/2011 07:37 AM

David Williams, the Republican candidate for governor, said he wouldn’t take the “all or nothing approach” with the legislature, even though he has proposed a mechanism to reform Kentucky’s tax code that the General Assembly could either accept or reject — not change.

Williams, who is the state Senate president, has proposed a commission of economists and tax experts to craft a new Kentucky tax system to replace the personal and corporate income tax. But a major tenet of his proposal is that the legislature would be asked to vote up or down on that plan but couldn’t amend it.

Watch what Williams says about that:

Williams also expressed his frustration with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, whose ads tout how he balanced the state’s budget nine times.

The legislature approves the budget, including making cuts over the recent years. And the General Assembly significantly reworked Beshear’s 2011-12 budget proposal because it included revenue from expanded gambling — even though lawmakers hadn’t approved casino gambling and told the governor they were unlikely to.

Still, Williams laid out what he said could be a proposal for expanded gambling to pass the Republican-controlled state Senate.

He said he wouldn’t vote for it. But Williams laid out the five parts of a proposal he thought had the greatest chance of passing. Watch the video to see what those five are:

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