Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Kentucky primary, GOP looks to Tennessee for inspiration

(AP) — While the Republican candidates for governor have slogans like "Putting Kentucky First" and "fighting to defend our Kentucky values," they look to Tennessee as a model for their potential administrations.

Tennessee has passed laws banning mandatory union membership and limiting how much money people can win in civil lawsuits against corporations. And the state has no personal income tax, aside from a 6 percent tax on earnings from stocks and bonds. Those laws have topped Republican wish-lists for years, but with no success.

Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner all say they want to adopt those policies to make Kentucky more like Tennessee. Candidate Will T. Scott disagrees. He said he does not endorse a "right-to-work" law at the state level but supports letting county governments decide for themselves.