Stivers said he's ready to tackle taxes but suggests Beshear drum up public support first

06/20/2013 10:32 AM

Laying the political groundwork for any kind of tax reform will require Gov. Steve Beshear to travel the state and whip up a groundswell of public support, said Republican Senate President Robert Stivers.

“I think it will be incumbent upon him to do something like that,” Stivers said at 7:00 of the interview.

Stivers made it clear that Republican senators don’t want to see any net tax increases. And Stivers said he ultimately wants to see tax changes that encourage more business investment — i.e. new jobs — by lowering the corporate income tax. That can be balanced out by spreading out the sales to other areas not currently taxed.

Stivers said the task force Beshear appointed in 2012 that was led by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson was a worthwhile exercise that helped in tax changes included in the pension bill the General Assembly passed this spring. And the more than 50 other recommendations from that group “could” help form the basis of the next round of tax changes, Stivers said.

Stivers appeared to find a solid negotiating partner in Beshear during the 2013 session. He confirmed that in the interview, saying he can trust Beshear “without a doubt” because the governor never breached any agreement.

Here’s what he said about the first session as the Senate’s top negotiator with Beshear:


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