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Kentucky residents may cast their vote for one governor/lieutenant governor slate. They are not allowed to split the ticket.
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Steven L. Beshear (D)
Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Gatewood Galbraith (I)
David L. Williams (R)
- Biographical Information
- Why are you the most qualified candidate for this office?
- If elected, what would be your chief priorities?
- The current state budget is balanced with hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars and other one-time funds -- money that will not be available for the next budget. How do you propose to fill this structural deficit in the 2012-14 budget?
- Will base funding for public schools need to be cut in the next budget?
- Will you propose any tax increase to the 2012 General Assembly? Why or why not?
- Would you support tax reform, and, if so, what kind?
- What meaningful steps can be taken to reduce the number of high school dropouts, and should that include raising the dropout age to 18?
- How would you deal with the Kentucky's significant health problems, including high rates of smoking, obesity, cancer and heart disease?
- How would you, as governor, propose helping the horse industry in Kentucky as it loses ground to other states?
Steven L. Beshear: I’ve been governor for nearly four years now. During that time, I have led Kentucky through some of the darkest economic times any of us have ever seen, plus a record number, 10, of federally-declared natural disasters. Times have been tough for Kentucky families. That’s why I have worked to not only help our state and its people survive the short-term turmoil, but also position our state to thrive in the long-term. I’ve had the courage to make tough decisions on spending, the kind of decisions people elect us as leaders to make. I have had to balance the state’s budget nine times in nearly four years, cutting more than $1 billion in spending and creating the smallest executive branch in almost 40 years. In so doing, I’ve created a leaner, more trustworthy, more open and more nimble government. My own office was not spared. Numerous positions remain unfilled, my senior staff and I took voluntary 10 percent pay cuts and everyone – including myself – took furlough days. Yet, at the same time, I have protected key priorities such as basic education funding, health care for our most vulnerable, vital public safety programs and job creation. And I’ve done it all without raising broad-based taxes. I’ve worked aggressively to save Kentucky jobs and create new ones, traveling to India and Japan to bring back hundreds of jobs. In 2009, I proposed and passed legislation that modernized Kentucky’s economic development incentives to help our state be more competitive. This initiative has led to the creation and retention of tens of thousands of jobs across the Commonwealth. But I wasn’t elected governor just to solve budget problems. I have laid the foundation for significant future progress with an array of accomplishments, including: bringing health care to almost 60,000 more Kentucky children ... attracting a federal research laboratory dedicated to manufacturing high-tech batteries … overseeing the final, critical phase of BRAC … attracting a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race … helping our seniors access nearly $100 million in free prescription drugs … developing a comprehensive energy plan that focuses on better use of coal and efficiency and expanded renewable energies … putting the public pension system on sound footing … creating a more effective system to prepare all of our children for kindergarten … and implementing two initiatives to improve the dental care of our children in poor areas.
Steven L. Beshear: My first priority for the next four years is the same one I have had for the last four years – creating a job for every Kentuckian who needs one. I have established several initiatives designed to retain and create jobs in Kentucky and give businesses the tools they need to thrive. In 2009, I proposed and passed legislation that modernized Kentucky’s economic development incentives toolbox to help our state be more competitive. This initiative has done exactly that, leading to 350 companies investing more than $3.4 billion in the Commonwealth and creating and retaining over 27,000 jobs. This includes 1,800 jobs at Ford, 850 jobs at General Electric and 182 jobs retained and an additional 35 jobs created at Mesa Foods. Moving forward, we will continue evaluating these programs so that Kentucky and its communities can remain competitive. In addition, there is no greater investment we can make in our future than investing in our children. That’s why I have worked hard to protect our primary classroom funding formula from cuts. And, despite the tough times, we have found ways to invest in the health and development of our children, including: • KCHIP – reducing barriers and increasing outreach which has led to almost 60,000 more children having health insurance. • Dental programs in Appalachia that provide pediatric dental training for dentists and decay-fighting varnish for children. In the next four years, I plan on continuing these health and education investments in our children, and looking for other ways to ensure our children are given the tools they need to succeed. This includes implementing the recommendations of my Transforming Education in Kentucky Task Force, including raising the dropout age;; improving college and career readiness, as well as our career and technical education programs; and developing ways to recruit and retain the best teachers. Finally, we’ve been forced, like families across the state, to tighten our financial belts. I’ve done that by cutting over a billion dollars in spending, with measures that include creating the smallest workforce in a generation, taking a 10 percent pay cut and selling off state planes and vehicles. State government has become leaner and more efficient, we’ve become smarter stewards of taxpayer dollars, and it must stay that way in the future. In the next four years, I will work to make sure we continue being fiscally responsible.
Steven L. Beshear: I am proud that, despite the global economic recession and nine revenue shortfalls, I was able to bring both sides together every time to balance our budget, while still protecting our priority areas of education, job creation, public safety and health care for the most vulnerable. Federal stimulus dollars did indeed support education, healthcare and public protection funding during the recession. However, Kentucky has already addressed how it will move forward without the additional federal funds. The enacted budget for FY12 anticipated and accounted for the expiration of the enhanced federal funds. The FY12 budget as enacted includes 4.5 percent cuts for most state agencies. In addition, the budget requires the executive branch to fill a gap between projected resources and appropriations of $190 million through a variety of measures. As we approach the next biennium, we will need to assess projected revenues and expenditure needs. It is premature to address how we will approach building the next budget.
Steven L. Beshear: Kentucky has faced nine budget shortfalls in nearly four years. Each time, I have protected the SEEK formula, which provides basic funding to our schools. My reasoning for this is simple – our state cannot move forward if our children are unprepared to work and compete in the 21st Century economy. Earlier this year, I fought cuts to SEEK during a debate on how to balance our state’s Medicaid budget. I put forth a plan that balanced the Medicaid budget with Medicaid dollars. Senate Republicans, unfortunately, wanted to balance the Medicaid budget by cutting areas of state government, including K-12 education. House and Senate Democrats and House Republicans agreed with me. When Senate Republican leadership refused to compromise, the House and I took steps to prevent drastic, unnecessary cuts to education and other priority areas, including job creation and public safety programs. And our efforts are paying off: Kentucky ranks 19th among the 50 states in Education Week's 2011 Quality Counts report, which offers a highly respected assessment of education. In addition, on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, Kentucky's 4th and 8th graders outperformed the national average in science. And in reading, Kentucky was the only state to improve both 4th- and 8th-grade scores between 2007 and 2009. I remain committed to funding education to the best of our ability in order to give all of Kentucky’s children the kind of education they deserve.
Steven L. Beshear: During the global economic recession, state government has tightened its budget belt, just like families across the Commonwealth have. I have slashed more than $1 billion in spending, making government leaner and more efficient. In my own office, many positions remain unfilled, everyone – including myself – took furlough days and my senior staff, my cabinet secretaries and I all took voluntary 10 percent pay cuts. And I have balanced the budget nine times in four years, each time without broad-based tax increases. I am open to hearing ideas on how to improve laws and policies regarding revenues. However, I do not favor any broad-based tax increases on families or businesses at this time. Our economy, though improving, is fragile as we begin to emerge from the recession. I will not threaten the survival and recovery of our businesses or burden our struggling families.
Steven L. Beshear: If you ask 10 different people what tax reform means, you’ll get 10 different answers, but all proposals I have seen raise taxes on someone. While I am always interested in hearing ideas on how to improve laws, policies and procedures in the Commonwealth, I have consistently said I do not favor any broad-based tax increases on families or businesses during these difficult economic times. Our economy, though improving, is fragile as we begin to emerge from the recession. I will not threaten the survival and recovery of our businesses or burden our struggling families. As far as taxes go, the national Tax Foundation recently ranked Kentucky’s Business Tax Climate 19th best in the nation, up an incredible 15 spots since 2009 and ahead of neighbors Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee. In addition, the economic consulting firm Moody’s Economy.com predicts that Kentucky will experience a higher percentage job growth in the coming year than all but two states.
Steven L. Beshear: My administration, with an effort led by First Lady Jane Beshear, has been working hard to improve our graduation rates including increasing the dropout age in Kentucky, during the last two legislative sessions. The current compulsory school age was enacted in the 1920s, when Kentucky had an agrarian-based economy. Our state and the world in which we live have changed dramatically. We rely heavily on technology and are more focused on growing a knowledge-based economy. Our children need more and better schooling in order to successfully compete in a global marketplace. Now, simply raising the dropout age will not solve all of our educational problems. While it sets high standards for students, more must be done to give children the opportunity to succeed. That’s why the legislation I pushed and the Senate majority opposed included an emphasis on alternative education programs. Students learn differently and have varying career interests. These programs would enhance a child’s learning experience and give teachers more resources at their disposal. We will continue to press for the passage of this important legislation.
Steven L. Beshear: I have worked to expand access to health care to Kentuckians in every corner of the Commonwealth. In particular: • I worked to get Kentucky children the health care they need to succeed by reducing barriers to the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program and intensifying outreach. This has led to nearly almost 60,000 more children getting the coverage they need. In addition, I signed legislation eliminating the requirement for parents to pay monthly premiums to ensure KCHIP coverage for their child. • I implemented the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program, which has helped tens of thousands of Kentuckians secure nearly $100 million in prescription drugs by tapping into assistance programs run by many drug companies. • I unveiled the Kentucky Oral Health Plan, an initiative aimed at improving children’s access to dental care in counties overseen by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The plan will train local dentists in effective oral health practices, tailor programs for individual communities and provide portable dental equipment to be used at schools and child-care facilities. In addition, I launched pilot program that provides protective fluoride tooth varnish treatment to 25,000 children in first through fifth grades at selected schools in 16 ARC distressed counties. • My administration joined the National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation, an innovative national effort to curb smoking by providing smokers with resources specifically designed to help those struggling with quitting the habit. Additionally, I signed legislation to allow Medicaid recipients to be eligible for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and tobacco cessation medications and by allowing the Kentucky Tobacco Quit Line to offer counseling services to younger Kentuckians.
Steven L. Beshear: I remain committed to some form of expanded gaming to give our signature industry the resources it needs to compete, as well as creating more revenue without raising taxes. There’s more at stake than people realize. The equine industry in Kentucky is critical to the overall economic health of our state. This part of the agriculture sector alone employs upwards of 100,000 Kentuckians, and makes a $4 billion economic impact on our state each year. I have always been and continue to be supportive of giving our equine industry the resources it needs to compete, including backing the installation of instant racing machines at horse racing tracks. I plan on addressing the expanded gaming issue in the 2012 session of the General Assembly.
Running mate: Jerry E. Abramson
Campaign Phone: (502) 607-8600
Web Site: www.stevebeshear.com
Family: Wife Jane; Sons Jeff and Andy and their wives, and three grandchildren
Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, University of Kentucky; JD, University of Kentucky College of Law
Experience: Attorney; former state representative, attorney general and lieutenant governor; more than 20 years of private sector experience
Military Experience: U.S. Army Reserve, serving as an intelligence analyst and also carried out certain Judge Advocate General duties
Community Involvement: Before being elected Governor, CommerceLexington, Inc., the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, God's Pantry Food Bank, Bluegrass Tomorrow, the Kentucky World Trade Center, and the UK College of Law Visiting Committee
Campaign Message: I have used steady and pragmatic leadership to guide Kentucky through one of the most difficult times in the state’s history. The Commonwealth has been tested over the last three years by multiple natural disasters and the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. I have fought to not only help Kentuckians survive the turmoil, but to also position the state for future success. I have balanced the budget nine times in three years without raising broad-based taxes. I also have worked across party lines to solve some of the Commonwealth’s most pressing problems. And I continue to focus on my top priority – creating and retaining jobs for Kentuckians and increasing opportunities for businesses across the state.
street address: 190 Democrat Drive
zip code: 40601
Gatewood Galbraith: Because I am not owned by the big, special-interest contributors and therefore can consider all options for addressing Kentucky’s perennial problems. My opponents routinely accept large contributions from those entities who want their desires satisfied before the needs of the People are addressed. I am not bought and paid for by any special interest group and can therefore approach Kentucky’s problems with an open mind and heart.
Gatewood Galbraith: 1. To restore integrity and trust into the political process itself. So many intelligent and honorable people don’t even get involved because the political game itself is mean-spirited, corrupt and dominated by big special interest money. 2. To halt the extraordinary payoffs, in tax dollars, to the special interests who contribute large sums of money to the career politicians. This “pay to play” culture has bankrupted our state and prevents us from funding the necessities of the people such as Medicaid, retirements, education and infrastructure. We will make our tax dollars count for the People, not the corporate bottom line. 3. To fully fund education and job development through our Commonwealth Incentive program which is more fully explained at gatewood.com. 4. Revamp our tax structure with a consumption (sales) tax and eliminate personal income tax.
Gatewood Galbraith: We must avoid spending tax dollars to pay-off the big special interest contributors whose private needs are met while our citizens needs are ignored. In 2011, more than TWO BILLION DOLLARS is being paid to private industries and individuals to do state work which could be done by present state employees. We will divert that money back to the needs of the state which include funding Medicaid, schools and retirements. Next, we will avoid placing hundreds of political appointees into high-paying and unnecessary positions with the state. Our administration does not need dozens of “yes men” to get the job done. Only dedicated workers who feel appreciated and adequately paid. Next, we need to cut expenses by avoiding the myth of an ever-expanding economy. We might have to look at past, smaller budgets to see what has been added lately that we can do without. We believe a committee of experienced legislators can be of great help in deciding what we can cut.
Gatewood Galbraith: We will do everything possible to maintain, if not increase, our education budget. We spent 68% of the state budget on education in 1991. This year we are spending less than 58%. We are defunding the very apparatus necessary to lift us, and our succeeding generations, out of poverty. Next to safe streets and health, this is our top priority.
Gatewood Galbraith: We are against raising taxes at any level. We believe in smaller government and less taxes. We already have enough tax dollars to meet our needs if we stop the corruption
Gatewood Galbraith: We want to establish a consumption (sales) tax on goods and services and exclude food and medicine. We believe we can eliminate personal income taxes and let our workers keep their hard-earned paychecks. We hope to keep that consumption below 6 %.
Gatewood Galbraith: We should not raise the dropout age to 18. What we do not need is a lot of dissatisfied and disinterested 16- to 18-year-olds hanging around our schools. We need to make the diploma worth something and desirable. We can do this by rewarding every high school graduate a $5,000 voucher for books, tuition and fees to any institution of further learning in Kentucky, which can train them into employability. Truck driving school, wood-working, UK, UL, community college etc. No creature comfort (pizza, rent or beer) and this should give every graduate a leg up in their further education and employability. See gatewood.com for a more complete explanation.
Gatewood Galbraith: We believe education is the answer and we should be teaching health and healthy lifestyles starting in grade school. Nutrition, exercise, recess activities and fully funding our County Health Departments for their educational attributes such as preventable medicines and resources.
Gatewood Galbraith: We favor putting the question of expanded gaming on the ballot as a referendum to let the people decide. If they say yes, we should locate our first casinos at the race tracks so they can draw more crowds, increase their purses and give the breeders more of a reason to stay in Kentucky. If we do, I want the state to “own” the casinos and give the tracks a management contract to operate them. Just like the Indians own their own. That way, instead of sending the profits to Las Vegas or Atlantic City, we can keep it all and devote it to Kentucky’s needs. Please see our complete plans for this issue at our website gatewood.com
Running mate: Dea Riley
Campaign Phone: (859) 433-3567
Web Site: gatewood.com
Family: Divorced, 3 daughters Summer, Abby and Molly 2 grandchildren Connor and Ella
Education/Degrees: University of Kentucky Bachelor of General Studies 1974 University of Kentucky Law School 1977
Experience: Worked many jobs after high school and hitchhiked around the country for a year in 1969. Was 24 years old and a milkman when I decided to go to college, become an attorney and work to lift Kentucky out of poverty. I have gotten up every day to do that since 1971.
Military Experience: Enlisted Marines 1966 and had an attack of asthma at Paris Island after 6 weeks. Medical Discharge under Honorable Conditions
Community Involvement: Have begun community co-ops, small farm coalitions, advocating hemp as a fuel and medical crop and have done lots of pro bono (free) work in the practice of law. I have spoken throughout the country on the Constitution.
Endorsements: Willie Nelson Kentuckians for the Right to Bear Arms
Campaign Message: Our political system is gridlocked by the partisanship between the Parties and it can only be mended an Independent Governor who does not care who gets credit for doing what's right for the people. Now is the Time to vote for a true change be looking outside the career politicians for leadership. Vote Independent!
street address: PO Box 1438
zip code: 40588
David L. Williams: My career in public service is aimed at one thing: helping individuals and families prosper through better educational and professional opportunities. I don't believe government creates wealth, but I do believe government can create an environment that improves a person's chance to prosper. The opportunity to prosper is driven by two key issues - education and jobs. I've worked hard to ensure Kentucky is providing a world-class education to its people, fighting for sweeping reforms and innovative ideas that really make a difference. I fought to eliminate the terrible testing system in this state and replaced it with one that will actually help us track a child's progress and intervene earlier if there's a problem with reading, math, and other core curriculum areas. I fought for programming to help adults learn to read, as Kentucky has one of the worst adult literacy rates in the nation. And I continue to fight for charter schools, neighborhood schools in Jefferson County, and other reforms that will improve our schools even more. We are stifled time and again by the powerful teachers' union bosses who control the Beshear Administration. I have a proven record of fighting these special interests. As Governor, I'll continue the fight to make sure our children get the education they deserve, not one that is nothing more than a special interest protection plan. I have a plan to make Kentucky the most competitive state in the nation in which to create jobs. My plan for tax reform would eliminate the state's income taxes (or productivity taxes, if you will). I would form an expert panel to redraw the state's tax code from top to bottom and form a new tax code based on consumption, with what I sure would be certain considerations for the poor and those on fixed incomes. I have also offered a series of tax relief "jumpstarts" to help small businesses create jobs in the short term while a new tax code is being drafted. Steve Beshear's plan for tax reform is that we don't need it. One of the state's top economic development officials says our income taxes cost us jobs when competing with Tennessee. I also have a proven, conservative record of cutting taxes and fighting for responsible reductions in the size and cost of state government. Beshear's failure on all of these fronts has doomed Kentucky to four years of treading water. We can do better.
David L. Williams: I have a plan to make Kentucky the most competitive state in the nation for job creation through an agenda of tax reform, public pension reform, and responsible reductions in the size and cost of the government bureaucracy that stifles innovation and job creation. I want to reduce government spending and get our state's fiscal house in order. Beshear's handling of the state budget embarrassingly caused our credit rating to be lowered and is loading up more expensive debt payments on future generations. We must deal with these problems now and not kick the can again and again. I will fight for pro-life, conservative values. In the Senate, we've passed dozens of pro-life bills. Some became law, but others languished because of pro-abortion leadership in the State House and Governor's office. It is our responsibility to give every child a chance to live and to prosper. Steve Beshear is unabashedly pro-choice on abortion and his running mate, Jerry Abramson, funneled taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. We can't afford for those values to creep into state government, too. I will continue to fight for education reforms that give every child a chance to learn the skills necessary to compete in a global economy. We have made some progress - eliminating the CATS test and replacing it with a much better system to track student progress - but there's more to be done. We need charter school options, neighborhood school legislation for Jefferson County, and a continued focus on the core curriculum of math, science, reading, and writing. I will also fight to make government more efficient and less political. Steve Beshear has politicized the economic development cabinet and most parts of state government. He has taken massive campaign contributions that at least appear to have been in exchange for high ranking appointments at our state universities. And Beshear has furloughed rank and file state workers while hiring more and more high paid political appointees. These things have to change, and as Governor I will work every day to restore Kentucky's faith that their government is working for them and not the well-connected few.
David L. Williams: Under my leadership, it has always been the State Senate leading the charge to use less one-time monies in the budget in order to lower our structural imbalance. The Senate inserted language in the budget instructing the Governor not to use the federal stimulus dollars to expand the size of government, in fact. State government needs to live within its means and not use budgetary gimmicks like we've seen from Beshear. Consequently, how we fill the structural deficit will depend greatly upon how the national economy performs. If the tax dollars we receive aren't sufficient to pay for on-going expenditures, then cuts across state government will need to occur. I am prepared to make those tough decisions, but Steve Beshear is clearly not interested in making responsible reductions in the size and cost of state government.
David L. Williams: Throughout my career education has been a top priority. SEEK funding has always been held harmless from any budget cuts since I've been Senate President. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure the funding we provide to our public schools gets put into the classroom where it will go to educate Kentucky's greatest resource - our children. Therefore, it has been and always will be my goal not to cut the base funding for public schools. I'd also like to spend less on the education bureaucracy and more in the classroom. Media reports in Louisville have pointed out the huge number of six-figure salaries paid by the Jefferson County public school system to non-education personnel, for instance. It seems to me we should spend more money on teachers and actual instruction, and less on bureaucrats and an outrageously expensive busing system.
David L. Williams: Absolutely not. Raising taxes would be disastrous for the economy. As Senate President, I have worked to cut personal income taxes, to eliminate the corporate license tax, and to keep property taxes low. I also worked to block $300 million in job killing tax increases proposed by Frankfort Democrats. My record on taxes is clear - they should be low and the system should be fair. I have proposed a plan for tax reform that would eliminate income taxes in favor of a consumption based system that would be designed by an expert panel. But my goal isn't to raise anyone's taxes but rather to come up with a fairer, flatter system that allows Kentucky to better compete for jobs.
David L. Williams: Yes. I have proposed eliminating the state's productivity (income) taxes in favor of a consumption-based system designed by a panel of experts. I have also proposed a series of short term tax relief "jumpstarts" such as eliminating the state's portion of the personal vehicle tax to put more money into This is not a study commission. This group would have the authority to write a new tax code and submit it to the legislature for an up-or-down vote. I wanted to give the people of Kentucky a chance to have a tax code that wasn't hacked up by special interest lobbying during the process. We passed this idea in the Senate but it died in the House. Governor Beshear says we don't need tax reform despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary (unemployment is over 10%!). Kentucky successfully used the "outside experts" idea to overhaul the penal code, and the final plan received overwhelming bipartisan support in the legislature. There's no reason we couldn't do the same for our tax code, especially if it means making Kentucky more job-friendly. I won't prejudge the work of an expert panel, but I do think a new tax system should offer a level playing field, low taxes, and not tax productivity. We tax just about everyone with a good idea in the state of Kentucky, and that drives jobs and investment to other states. There are other, simplistic plans out there for tax reform but this isn't a simple question. That's why we have to measure twice and cut once, to ensure we create a system that gives us what we want - more jobs and better opportunity for all Kentuckians to prosper.
David L. Williams: I oppose raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. It is an unfunded mandate on our schools. If you want to make a real difference in a child's life, you don't want until they are 16 to mandate attendance at a school. You intervene early and ensure they are on track during elementary school with their reading, math, and language skills. Compulsory attendance with no plan for early intervention is meaningless and doesn't offer a real benefit to schools or students. The way to keep kids in school is to ensure they are on track from an early age. If they are on track and don't feel hopelessly behind, they are far more likely to complete high school and go on to college or get other training. That's why I have fought so hard for a better testing system for our kids, so we can find out early if there are problems and intervene to ensure they get back on track before it is too late.
David L. Williams: Too often in Kentucky we treat the illness after its too late instead of focusing on prevention. Clearly, we don't do enough to educate people about and prevent chronic illness before it is too late. We must implement better preventative programming, especially in the Medicaid program, to save lives and taxpayer dollars. As Senate President, I have actually worked to create the first ever smoking cessation programs in Kentucky state government. I support smoking cessation programming inside Medicaid. We can be healthier and we can save taxpayer dollars if we make smart decisions in this area.
David L. Williams: Like other businesses, Kentucky's horse industry has been impacted by the downturn in the national economy. But there are things the Commonwealth can do to help the horse industry without an expansion of gambling. In fact, the Senate has already created a breeders incentive fund to financially reward breeders of horses foaled in Kentucky and passed legislation making Kentucky the first state to adopt a horse racing interstate compact to allow cooperation between states. The State Senate has also proposed two plans to make purses at Kentucky race tracks the highest in the nation. It is now clear that purses at Kentucky tracks need to be supplemented by off track bets made on the Internet via advance deposit wagering sites like TVG. The Senate took a first step to ensure horseman are getting their fair share by requiring ADW's to register with the Racing Commission and report their "handle" or amount of money wagered on Kentucky races and by Kentuckians. We can help the horse industry without an expansion of gambling.
Running mate: Richie Farmer
Campaign Phone: (502) 871-4775
Web Site: www.williamsfarmer.com
Family: Wife, Robyn Edmonds Williams. Robyn has two children, and we also have three dogs.
Education/Degrees: I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from the University of Louisville.
Experience: State Representative 1985-86. State Senator, 1987-present. Kentucky Senate President, 2000-present.
Endorsements: Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police. Kentucky Right to Life PAC. Northern KY Right to Life. "A" rating from National Rifle Association. Kentucky Motorcycle Association.
Campaign Message: Kentucky is hurting, and I know we can do better. We are suffering from an unemployment crisis and Kentucky needs a bold leader with a real plan to make our state the best in the nation to create and retain jobs. I have put forth a bold, specific plan that would make Kentucky more competitive for jobs, improve our schools, and get our state finances under control. Many Kentuckians aren't even aware of the serious, looming financial problems we face in the public pension and unemployment benefit systems. Suffice to say, we owe quite a bit of money and Governor Beshear has put us on a path to massive tax increases or bankruptcy if we don't enact serious reforms now. At every turn, in fact, Governor Beshear has offered no agenda. His claims on job creation have been proven by this newspaper to be false. He's run a campaign designed to take your eye of the ball. I'm asking you to take a serious look at the issues and elect a ticket with a real plan - Williams & Farmer.
street address: P.O. Box 666
zip code: 42717
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