Murray, KY – State legislators are reacting to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's proposed plan to cut four percent from the state budget and raise revenue. The plan includes raising the state cigarette tax by seventy cents. 1st district state Senator Ken Winters of Murray says he hasn't heard much buzz about the proposition yet. The Republican Senator says it's too early for him to comment about what success the proposal will have.
But I appreciate the effort on the part of the governor and others to bring a package together for us to form the basis for continued dialogue and expanded dialogue on how we're going to deal with the shortfall.
Winters says he gets negative comments from constituents whenever a tax increase becomes an issue, but he says the cigarette tax is unique because it's not just a revenue issue, it's also a health issue.