Wise hosts Town Hall
Senator Max Wise hosted a Town Hall meeting at the McCreary County Public Library Wednesday afternoon to update his constituents on expected topics to be at the forefront of the upcoming legislative session, which starts next week.
“Pensions and the budget will dominate this session,” Wise said.
He noted the state’s financial crisis, and he is waiting to hear Governor Bevin’s budget proposal in a few weeks. Wise said the legislature will put strong emphasis on fixing the state retirement system, and making possible budget cuts without affecting education and needed services.
When asked about the proposed changes to the state health care system, Wise stated he had not had a chance to read the latest news from the Governor on the topic, but did say he expected to see changes in the Medicaid system.
He expressed his support for several issues that may come before the legislature this year, including a bill helping military veterans get teaching jobs after discharge, hazard pay for state troopers and EMS workers, supporting independent pharmacies and public/private partnerships.
Wise said Kentucky needs to look at tax reform and becoming a right-to-work state to encourage growth in the future.
The 60-day Legislative Session begins Monday.