House Republicans Lay out Plan for the Future

By Michael Gossum | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover of Jamestown along with several local republicans stopped in Bowling Green today to unveil their new agenda, "Handshake with Kentucky.

It outlines several things, republicans say they would do if they take over the House of Representatives.

"Right to work may be the single most important thing that we can do to open Kentucky for business and create new private sector jobs," said Minority Floor Leader Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.

Republicans look at this as a top issue, they say it gives workers an option.

"I'm not anti-union, but I don't think a person should be mandated or required to join a union just to get a job," said Hoover.

However, labor organizations say they're asking for voters to support lower wages and increased poverty, calling this a bad faith deal.

"Handshake with Kentucky" tackles several topics including repealing the medicaid expansion, cutting spending and fixing teacher's retirement system.

"We couldn't even get a hearing, couldn't even get a discussion on a bill to address what the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says was the most pressing issue facing Kentucky and that's our teacher's retirement system," said Hoover.

Hoover called out House democratic leadership on numerous areas including changes to the Kentucky tax system.

"We have to have a tax system that encourages productivity, a tax system that rewards hard work and doesn't penalize the worker. We have to have a tax system that encourages investment in Kentucky," said Hoover.

Voters will get a chance to decide how this all goes in two months.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a statement, the house republicans are making empty promises and taking some of their ideas.

He went on to say house democrats are doing good work for Kentuckians.

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