Busy Week in Kentucky
The week kicked off with Dave Adkisson, President of the Kentucky Chamber appearing on PBS NewsHour to offer his reactions to President Obama’s speech to the U.S. Chamber.
To read more about Dave’s appearance on PBS NewsHour: PBS NewsHour Reaction to Obama’s Speech to US Chamber
The Kentucky capitol building was also buzzing with activity.
Yesterday, The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) Executive Director, Ali Crain, sent out a kybizvoice.com email regarding tax reform and mandatory high school attendance age; two very important issues for the Kentucky business community.
She urged chambers to forward on the following message about Senate Bill 1 (comprehensive tax reform) and House Bill 225 (mandatory high school attendance).
Two pieces of legislation are currently being considered in the Kentucky General Assembly with the potential to impact Kentucky’s climate for business and the competitiveness of your company – and community.
Senate Bill 1 would institute a first step toward comprehensive tax reform for Kentucky. The bill creates a non-partisan commission of business and other representatives to recommend a completely new tax code, which would be presented to the legislature for a vote. The commission would be charged with creating a tax code that makes Kentucky more competitive for business. Business groups, such as state and local chambers, would be consulted for input. SB1 has passed the Senate, and is now being considered by the House. Click here to send an email to your Representative supporting HB 1, or call (502) 564-8100 to leave a message for him or her.
House Bill 225 would also impact the business climate by creating a more educated workforce for Kentucky businesses. The bill would raise the mandatory high school attendance age to 18. It is estimated that approximately 6,000 students drop out of school each year in Kentucky, impacting not only those individuals’ lifetime earning abilities, but the educated workforce from which businesses can hire employees. HB 225 has passed the House, and now is being considered in the Senate. Click here to send an email to your Senator supporting HB 225, or call (502) 564-8100 to leave a message for him or her.
Building momentum in the business community – and ensuring legislators hear from their constituents on these issues – will be critical to getting both bills passed. Please contact your elected officials today, and thank you for supporting Kentucky’s climate for business.
Jody Wassmer, President of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, brought their leadership class to Frankfort on Thursday which happened to be when the house passed the mandatory high school attendance age bill, a bill that enjoys strong support from the business community.
Kybizvoice.com, a new initiative by Crain, Wassmer and Becky Ruby from Greater Louisville Inc., is an email system being used by the Kentucky execs to get the word out about business legislation. They are very proud of their efforts and it looks like it is off to a great start.
To see a full recap of the Kentucky Chamber’s efforts this week: click here