Kentucky Gov. Beshear supports amendment on local sales taxes

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January 30, 2013

Kentucky

By George Sousouris

Lexington, KENTUCKY: To the delight of many local officials across the state, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has endorsed an amendment to the state constitution that would allow the creation of local-option sales taxes, something municipalities have been clamoring for as a way to fund city and county projects. Of the proposal, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said, "With all the needs we have with our roads and sidewalks and infrastructure, that could take care of it pretty quickly because our general fund cannot...So the governor’s voice in this effort is really big."[1][2]

The bill, which has been filed by Sen. Kathy Stein (D), would need to be approved by a 3/5ths majority in the House and Semate, and then would be voted on by the people in 2014, the next regularly scheduled general election.[1]

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