Republicans Planning Aggressive Agenda For 2011 General Assembly

Kentucky Senate Republicans are offering an aggressive agenda for the 2011 General Assembly, which begins January 4th.

For one thing, Senate Republicans want to reform Kentucky’s antiquated tax code, but they won’t try to get it all done in the 30 day session. Senate President David Williams says legislation will be offered creating a council to draft a new tax code. Council recommendations will then be put into bill form for action in the 2012 budget session.

“Our laws have to be changed to create jobs in this state, or we’re going to be an island of joblessness and continue to have a sea of red ink and an unemployment rate which is unacceptable and a future that is bleak, because our state is adrift,” he says.

Other priorities include charter schools, more government transparency, immigration enforcement and a crackdown on Medicaid fraud.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.