Ideas for use of new sales tax revenue
Many people in Kentucky use mail-order companies and catalogs to buy personal items and gifts. The question is: How many Kentucky residents are aware the U.S. Supreme Court recently ordered these mail-order businesses to collect Kentucky sales tax from all sales and return these funds to the Commonwealth? This order has taken effect because it now is part of the order form on every mail-order catalog I have received.
Just taking a wild guess, this should cause an enormous amount of unexpected cash to flow into Kentucky coffers. Unless they don’t keep up with the news that affects us all, I’m fairly sure most Kentuckians are aware of the crisis the Commonwealth is experiencing with the teachers and state employee pension systems. Many others likely are aware of the infrastructure and the lousy conditions of our roads and the almost urgent need for their repair before that situation also becomes critical.
What I’m wondering is whether anyone has heard one state politician, no matter what the party, advise residents of Kentucky or even say one word about this unexpected windfall of cash or better yet, advise us of any plans they have for its use? I haven’t, but I do think we have a right to know and should have been informed. It appears all our politicians have let us down, felt they had no obligation to Kentucky residents or they just didn’t care.
My suggestion to the governor and all the politicians is to use the monies to shore up the pension system or for road repairs instead of raising gasoline taxes 10 cents per gallon, which is in the works by the legislature.
I also think Royce Kerfoot of Cecilia has some great ideas. See his letter in the July 7 edition of The News-Enterprise. I do not know him but have talked to him on the phone once. I do know we are of different political parties but I feel we agree about many things, especially taxes and non-responsive government agencies and politicians.
To repeat one question Mr. Kerfoot asked: “How can the Hardin County School Board need more money?”
If residents demanded they stop their never-ending spending and Kay Sharon, the advocate for annual maximum tax increases, was voted out, that definitely would improve that situation.
Debate raises subject of redemption
On July 31, I watched the Democratic debate for the first time. One candidate on stage said, “All you senators haven’t done a thing.” Then he immediately said, “I respect you all.”
I guess he respects them for drawing a big paycheck, lots of benefits paid by taxpayers and being able to work work their own hours with no boss.
I’m glad I’m a Republican. As always, these candidates described everything good they are doing and said all our president is doing hurts our country. But our country is doing better today than it has in years. They’ll say anything to get elected.
Crime was discussed, including the police officer in New York who held a black man to the ground who said I can’t breathe. The moderator called the office “killer” several times, yet he was not charged. The mayor of New York said, “There’s a lot of talk and little action.” I finally agree with a Democrat.
In one man’s closing statement, he said, “We must put the policies of the last 10 years behind us.” Well, Donald Trump has only been in office 2½ years. That leaves these troubles on Joe Biden, the vice president, and President Barack Obama. Again, the Democrats were criticizing themselves.
To me, the only way to resolve the problems in the good U.S.A. is to go back to worship. In his remarks, one senator used the word “redemption.” He is right. That word started with our Lord God. In Titus 2:13b-14, it says, “God and our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
The only way to cure our problems is our trust in God. And only Mr. Trump has invoked God’s name from the White House in a long time.
We do need help from honest, hard-working elected people locally, in Frankfort and in Washington, D.C. But we need Jesus Christ more than anyone.