FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said some people will have to pay more under a proposal to overhaul the state’s tax code.
Bevin said during his annual State of the Commonwealth Address that he will call a special session of the state legislature later this year to change how the state collects taxes. Bevin said the proposal will not be “tax neutral.” He said the state needs more money to pay off its public pension debt, which he estimated to be more than $80 billion.
Bevin also vowed to bring charter schools to Kentucky, reward publicly funded colleges and universities for turning out more graduates for engineering and manufacturing jobs and appoint a “czar” to oversee the state’s foster care and adoption system. Bevin, who has four adopted children, said he wants Kentucky’s foster care and adoption system to be a model for the nation.