The state legislators that represent Boyle County approve continuing efforts to restore money to elementary and secondary education but aren't totally sold on the current version of the spending plan containing the latest restorations.
Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Junction City, and Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, commented on the state budget, which recently was passed by the House on a party line vote and sent to the Senate, and other legislation involving education and other issues confronting the 2004 General Assembly at a dinner hosted Thursday night by the Danville Board of Education.
Among those other issues they touched on was the tax modernization plan unveiled Thursday by Gov. Ernie Fletcher as a "revenue-neutral" effort to make the state's tax system fairer and to increase jobs. Both lawmakers said they had favorable first impressions of the plan but needed to find out more details before offering an opinion.
The proposal in the tax plan to increase the cigarette tax from 3 cents to 29 cents per pack would represent a steep increase but is still much lower than the 43 cents per pack originally proposed and a lot lower than cigarette taxes in most other states, said Buford.