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Williams takes hits from GOP rivals

Williams takes hits from GOP rivals

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 12:54 AM

The opponents of Senate President David Williams in the Republican primary for Kentucky governor are speaking out about measures Williams is supporting in the General Assembly.

After Williams appeared alongside U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY5) and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) to support SB 45, which would require a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine, Tea Party candidate Phil Moffett responded.

"I understand the urgent desire to address the meth problem in Kentucky, but we also have a very bad prescription drug abuse problem here already," Moffett said in a statement opposing the bill. "The biggest impact this bill will have is on increased costs for innocent Kentuckians. Attacking the root cause of the problem is the only real solution. My jobs and education plans will do much more for the drug problem in Kentucky than SB 45 ever will, and cost less too."

Meanwhile, one week after officially entering the governor's race, Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw is taking issue with a tax reform measure proposed by Williams.

Both WIlliams and Moffett have advocated tax reforms that would eliminate state income taxes but expand consumption taxes to include taxing groceries.

Holsclaw says she's against taxing groceries and is suggesting that the state cut spending instead.

Williams wants to appoint an outside group to draft a tax reform plan that would receive an up or down vote in the General Assembly.


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