By Ken Selvaggi - email
WAVE 3 News Vice President and General Manager
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The theme of Kentucky's state of the Commonwealth address last week and Indiana's state of the state address this week revolves around the same concerns: more revenue needed to enhance health and education, add jobs, and deal with pension fund deficits.
Both states need more funding to address social needs and infrastructure concerns.
Both states must get healthier physically in order to get healthy fiscally.
Many groups are jockeying for position to argue their case for added funding.
Indiana governor Mike Pence is pushing to eliminate the state's business personal property tax and wants greater investment in providing preschool opportunities for low-income families.
Kentucky governor Steve Beshear loudly and clearly established health care as a key agenda push already, and is looking to raise new revenue through tax reform and expanded gambling.
There is no reason Kentucky residents shouldn't be permitted a vote on a constitutional amendment to expand gambling as a way to generate needed revenue in the Commonwealth.
It can be rejected, but voters should be given the choice, since they will suffer the effects of continued budget cuts otherwise.
A local-option sales tax for Kentucky also makes perfect sense, as voters in each community would decide whether to fund specific projects needed to invest in their future.
Both states need to make sure they keep the Common Core education standards as without them, there is no common standard to measure progress.
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