Governor Steve Beshear's new tax reform commission is supposed to report recommendations by the end of 2012 for action in 2013.
Among his key goals for reform is ensuring "adequate revenue to fund critical state services."
Bear in mind this is coming from a politician who spent more than $3 billion he didn't have in his first term while claiming he was being fiscally responsible. He boasts about recruiting tens of thousands of Kentucky families onto the government health insurance rolls and about doling out special tax treatment in order to "create" jobs.
Governor Beshear's idea of what constitutes a critical state service should tell us that to him, tax reform means tax increases.
Our legislative races this year are going to have to be about protecting us from tax increases and ever-expanding government for when 2013 comes around and Beshear starts touting his blue-ribbon plan for raising revenue.
If your representatives won't hold the line against Beshear on this, you shouldn't support them.