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Grimes should know jobs are a state issue

By JIM McALLISTER Murray

EDITOR:

I find it interesting that Alison Grimes continues to attack Sen. McConnell because of his statement that Kentucky economic development is not his responsibility. There is a good reason for this. Economic development in any state can be spurred or inhibited by tax and regulation policy. Alison, if you ever are elected to Congress, you will learn that while you are in Washington in the federal government, you will have no say as to what your state's tax and regulation policies are. Rather, these policies are set by state senators and representatives, the governor, and other elected state officials such as yourself currently.

Since you have a few months of your current state term left, I would suggest that you talk to other state officials and encourage them to create tax and regulation policies that attract business. Currently, Kentucky's rates are not in line with other more prosperous states. You might look to Texas to see where Kentucky could be more effective in attracting new businesses to create jobs in the state. Your Democrat control of the Kentucky House, the governorship, attorney general and of course your own position have done nothing to make Kentucky competitive with states like Texas and neighboring Tennessee.

I would suggest you go to the governor and Rep. Stumbo and remind them of the famous Pogo quote, "We have met the enemy and it is us."

JIM McALLISTER

Murray

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