2016 Results For Business publication - Page 5

The Kentucky Chamber lobbied against the measures below and was successful in defeating them .

ANTI-BUSINESS MEASURES DEFEATED

The Kentucky Chamber lobbied against the measures below and was successful in defeating them .
ANTI-BUSINESS TAX REFORM HB 342 would have put Kentucky at a competitive disadvantage to many other states by creating a personal property tax on manufacturing equipment , retail inventory , and raw materials including distilled spirits . The bill would have made Kentucky a “ throwback ” state meaning businesses that generate income in another state but aren ’ t taxed by that state could be subject to additional tax in Kentucky . It would have required combined reporting which arbitrarily decides how a state determines the corporate income tax base for a multistate corporation .
ENERGY MANDATE HB 339 / SB 190 would have required that electric utilities meet a certain percentage of electricity demand with renewable resources and energy efficiency and pay special rates for renewable electricity fed into the grid .
SURFACE MINING HB 152 would have increased restrictions for surface mines and reclamation sites .
KENTUCKY CORE ACADEMIC STANDARDS REPEAL SB 210 / HB 553 would have repealed Kentucky ’ s English and math standards along with prohibiting the state ’ s Next Generation Science Standards . Kentucky led the nation in developing standards to prepare its students to be successful in an ever changing economy . These bills would have not only hurt education in Kentucky but would have set the state back at a price tag of about $ 35 million .
MAIL ORDER PHARMACIES HB 458 would have prohibited insurers from requiring the use of mail-order pharmacies , which would lead to increased costs .
MATERNITY LEAVE MANDATE HB 627 would have required employers with more than 50 employees to provide 6 weeks paid maternity leave for an employee .
SICK LEAVE MANDATE HB 617 would have required employers to provide employees earned paid sick leave .
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS MANDATE HB 227 would have unnecessarily increased costs on public construction projects by requiring constructionmaterials , such as iron and steel , to be produced in the United States , regardless of cost or availability .
TAX ON PIPELINES HB 240 / HB 551 would have established a per mile tax on pipeline operators in Kentucky to fund new government programs to oversee spill response planning .
DEFINITION CHANGE FOR DISTRICTS OF INNOVATION HB 318 would have changed the terms “ district of innovation ” and “ school of innovation ” to “ public charter district of innovation ” and “ public charter school of innovation .” The bill did nothing to increase parental choice and education opportunities in the Commonwealth and would have been a setback to the school choice movement .
BUSINESS VOICES
“ Kentucky ’ s abysmally low success rate in rehabilitating our criminal offenders doesn ’ t just result in massive expenditures of state resources with poor outcomes , but also creates economic development and workforce readiness obstacles to improving the Commonwealth ’ s business climate .
Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson spoke with Gov . Matt Bevin and Rep . Darryl Owens shortly after the governor signed legislation enabling the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies .
The Chamber highlighted this reality early on through its Leaky Bucket Report and has since strived to mitigate these challenges through pragmatic and data-driven reforms , to include their recent successful advocacy for common-sense felony expungement . Their leadership throughout the 2016 session in seeking expungement reform , no doubt , changed the tenor of the conversation and will have a direct impact on enhancing our workforce and ultimately making Kentucky safer .“
Russell Coleman Spokesman , Kentucky Smart on Crime
& Member , Frost Brown Todd , LLC
ANTI-BUSINESS MEASURES DEFEATED The Kentucky Chamber lobbied against the measures below and was successful in defeating them. ANTI-BUSINESS TAX REFORM HB 342 would have put Kentucky at a competitive disadvantage to many other states by creating a personal property tax on manufacturing equipment, retail inventory, and raw materials including distilled spirits. The bill would have made Kentucky a “throwback” state meaning businesses that generate income in another state but aren’t taxed by that state could be subject to additional tax in Kentucky. It would have required combined reporting which arbitrarily decides how a state determines the corporate income tax base for a multistate corporation. ENERGY MANDATE HB 339/SB 190 would have required that electric utilities meet a certain percentage of electricity demand with renewable resources and energy efficiency and pay special rates for renewable electricity fed into the grid. SURFACE MINING HB 152 would have increased restrictions for surface mines and reclamation sites. KENTUCKY CORE ACADEMIC STANDARDS REPEAL SB 210/HB 553 would have repealed Kentucky’s English and math standards along with prohibiting the state’s Next Generation Science Standards. Kentucky led the nation in developing standards to prepare its students to be successful in an ever changing economy. These bills would have not only hurt education in Kentucky but would have set the state back at a price tag of about $35 million. MAIL ORDER PHARMACIES HB 458 would have prohibited insurers from requiring the use of mail-order pharmacies, which would lead to increased costs. MATERNITY LEAVE MANDATE HB 627 would have required employers with more than 50 employees to provide 6 weeks paid maternity leave for an employee. SICK LEAVE MANDATE HB 617 would have required employers to provide employees earned paid sick leave. CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS MANDATE HB 227 would have unnecessarily increased costs on public construction projects by requiring constructionmaterials, such as iron and steel, to be produced in the United States, regardless of cost or availability. TAX ON PIPELINES HB 240/HB 551 would have established a per mile tax on pipeline operators in Kentucky to fund new government programs to oversee spill response planning. DEFINITION CHANGE FOR DISTRICTS OF INNOVATION HB 318 would have changed the terms “district of innovation” and “school of innovation” to “public charter district of innovation” and “public charter sch و[ݘ][ۋ'HH[Y[š[ܙX\H\[[XH[YX][ۂܝ[]Y\[H[[۝X[[[]HY[H]XHXH[ݙ[Y[ TSTPT¸'[Xx&\X\X[HX\]H[ZX[]][\ܚ[Z[[ٙ[\\۸&]\\[[X\]H^[]\\و]H\\\]܈]Y\][ܙX]\XۛZX][Y[[ܚٛܘHXY[\؜X\[\ݚ[H[[۝X[8&\\[\˜[X]K[XH[X\\Y[[S]HY\ۈH]݋X]][[\ \[[ܝHY\Hݙ\܈YۙYY\][ۂ[X[H^[[Y[وYHۋ][[\[ۚY\˂H[X\YYY\X[]HX\HۈY]XZHX]\ܝ[\[H]YZ]Y]H\H[[\YYX]X[]KY][Yܛ\[YHZ\X[X\ٝ[YXH܈[[ۋ\[H[۞H^[[Y[ Z\XY\\Y]H M\[ۈ[YZ[^[[Y[YܛKX [YH[܈وH۝\][ۈ[[]BH\X[\Xۈ[[[\ܚٛܘH[[[X][HXZ[’[XHY\'\[[X[\X[[XHX\ۈܚ[YBY[X\ۈ ‚