Stivers helps court business at Derby, predicts work on tax reform in next legislative session

05/07/2016 05:42 PM

LOUISVILLE — As thoroughbreds charged the track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Senate President Robert Stivers said lawmakers and Governor Matt Bevin were keeping an eye on on Kentucky’s business market.

Stivers was taking part in the economic development talks with businesses potentially seeking to locate in the commonwealth.

“They’re entertaining a lot of out-of-state potential investors that I would say, companies, individuals like that, that’s who I’m with today,” Stivers said. “It’s always good to great to come over and watch the event that defines Kentucky sports.”

As businesses look to locate in Kentucky, Stivers said working on the climate for businesses was of top priority for GOP lawmakers and the administration.

One are legislators are likely to look in the next legislative session is comprehensive reforms to the tax code.

“I think now that the governor has the ability to have a few months off and start focusing on it, that may be one of the initiatives we look at for next year.”

As the legislative session takes the rear-view the presidential elections are of prime interest. Stivers said he will support the GOP nominee, even if that’s New York real estate mogul Donald Trump. His mantra is anyone but Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“People have asked me about some of the things he has said, yes, they give me problems,” the Manchester Republican said. “But, I tell you as someone who has been churched you don’t sit there and watch people on the outside of the church. You invite them in.”


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