Statement from House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover Regarding Budget Bill
House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 11, 2014) – “House Democrat leadership today continued their assault on honest, open, fair government by passing a budget laden with increased debt and higher taxes. However, even worse, the Democrats in the House have had the budget in their possession for over seven weeks, and it is shameful that they just today made a bill public while nearly simultaneously requesting a vote.
To ask legislators, who are duly elected to represent all Kentuckians, to vote on a bill sight unseen is unfathomable. This is simply the latest heavy-handed tactic of the House Democrat leadership that clearly values political gamesmanship above allowing legislators to make educated decisions for the good of the Commonwealth.
The budget proposal belongs to the shareholders of the Commonwealth: the taxpayers. Because it is a public budget, legislators, as the public voice of the citizens, have a right to know what is in the bill and have an opportunity to suggest changes before a vote.
This is simply Washington style politics seeping down to Frankfort. I, as well as many of my colleagues, take a personal affront to this decision, which makes a mockery of the legislative process.”