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Givens: Don't Expect Major Kentucky Tax Code Reform in 2013

A state senator who represents parts of south-central Kentucky isn't betting on major changes to the state's tax code this upcoming legislative session. Overhauling what's been described as an antiquated tax system is at, or near, the top of many lawmakers' agendas.

Sen. David Givens, who represents Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalfe, and Simpson counties, says while there's a lot of talk in the air about streamlining Kentucky's tax code, he doubts anything will pass during the 2013 General Assembly.

"From what I gather, I don't think the tax reform issue is far enough down the road that we can make those sorts of changes in the session ahead, with it being a short session," the Greensburg Republican told WKU Public Radio.

Sen. Givens hopes lawmakers will tackle the issue of legislative redistricting this next session, even though that job  doesn't technically have to be done in 2013, since there aren't any legislative elections until 2014.

Givens believes the most important thing lawmakers will take on in the next legislature will be efforts to shore up Kentucky's state employee pension fund.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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