Governor has overseen prosperity
I was quite amused by a letter Aug. 2 in The News-Enterprise critical of Gov. Matt Bevin. Without citing sources, there were several comments of misinformation and outright distortions I would like to point out but due to the required brevity of this letter, I’ll only comment concerning Kentucky’s economic growth.
There were several generalities in the letter. I will talk specifics.
The writer makes the comment that economic growth in Kentucky has slowed since Gov. Bevin took office. I’m sure this information comes from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy whose article appeared recently in the pro-Democrat Louisville Courier Journal. In reality, the KCEP is nothing more than a left-wing Democratic Party PAC headed by long time Democrat Jason Bailey who was also a member of Steve Beshear’s so-called “Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform.” We saw how successful that was.
Now here are the facts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, when Bevin took office in December 2015, unemployment in Kentucky was 5.2 percent. In May of 2019, it was 4 percent. Real employment from December 2015 to May 2019 has increased by 51,130 people. Real unemployment has decreased for those same dates by 22,641 people. These numbers reflect real people getting real jobs, paying taxes and increasing revenue. It also reflects fewer people drawing unemployment and living on various forms of government assistance.
In fact, according to the same Courier Journal, “Kentucky tax revenues outperformed expectations in the recently ended fiscal year, leaving the state with a $194.5 million surplus on July 1. The surplus should allow the state to cover some unbudgeted expenses, transfer $70 million to the Teachers’ Retirement System medical insurance fund, and give a little help to the state’s most troubled pension plan, which provides retirement benefits for most state workers.”
Gov. Bevin has worked to allow people to get real jobs, increasing their self-esteem and dignity, raising revenue while decreasing the expense of people on state and federal assistance. In other words, a win-win for everyone. Gov. Bevin had plenty to brag about at Fancy Farm.
Lanny Vincent, chairman
LaRue County Republican Party