Executive Director At KCEP Says Budget Cuts Are Not The Only Option
A liberal leaning policy institute is suggesting the state focus more on raising revenue and less on cutting social programs.
A new report shows that over the past decade Kentucky has had 19 rounds of budget cuts.
Governor Matt Bevin's proposed budget includes across the board budget cuts, as well as reduced funding to some social programs and education resources.
The executive director of a liberal leaning policy institute said certain investments are needed in order to develop Kentucky’s economy.
Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy said Kentucky needs to focus on identifying new sources of revenue, instead of relying on large cuts to programs.
“Some of the goals around the economy that the governor wants to see in terms of job growth actually require that we invest in those things, that we have a strong education system, that we have a modern infrastructure, that we have a good quality of life. All those things require public services." Bailey said.
Bailey said the state has already made several cuts aimed at eliminating what have been described as unnecessary government expenditures.
He said the one area where the state is spending too much and costs are growing too fast is in the criminal justice system.