Broken Their Pledge Not to Raise Your Taxes
Kentucky is woefully short of politicians who have signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to not to raise taxes on Kentuckians. The pledge states:
I, ____________, pledge to the taxpayers of the _____ District of the State of _________ and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.
Kentucky only has 4 Senators and 22 House Members who have signed the pledge. Of those, 10 have violated it by voting for 2009's HB 144! It's one thing to raise taxes. It's another thing entirely to raise taxes after pledging to you constituents that you never would!
These legislators have broken their signed pledge not to raise taxes:
|Rep Bob Damron (D-39)||General Election Opponent: Matt Lockett|
|Rep. Bob DeWeese (R-48)||Primary Election Opponent: Scott Reed|
|Rep. Danny Ford (R-80)||Retiring|
|Rep. Jim Gooch (D-12)||Primary Election Opponent: Jim Nance|
|Rep. Keith Hall (D-93)||Unopposed|
|Rep. Melvin Henley (D-5)||Retiring|
|Rep. Jeff Hoover (R-83)||Unopposed|
|Rep. Lonnie Napier (R-36)||Retiring|
|Rep. James Stewart (R-86)||Unopposed|
The only Kentucky legislators who have pledged not to raise taxes and have upheld that pledge are:
Sens. Tom Buford (R-22), Julie Denton (R-36) and Katie Stine (R-24); and Reps. Julie Raque Adams (R-32), Kevin Bratcher (R-29), Tim Couch (R-90), Ron Crimm (R-33), Jim DeCesare (R-21), CB Embry (R-17), Joe Fischer (R-68), Wade Hurt (D-37), Thomas Kerr (R-64), Kim King (R-55), Stan Lee (R-45), Brad Montell (R-58) and Marie Rader (R-89).