District 18 State Representative Tim Moore visited K’s Cafe in Clarkson this past weekend to discuss Governor Matt Bevin’s impact on Frankfort and the work being done in the State Legislature this session.
Moore held two “Constituent Coffee” events on Saturday, Jan. 30, the second of which took place at K’s Cafe, and he took the opportunity to address community members’ questions, comments, and concerns about state government.
Moore first addressed Bevin’s decision to dismantle Kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance connection, which he described as “like Kentucky’s Google for finding healthcare coverage,” as well as “a lot of smoke and a few mirrors.”
Moore said Kynect required 600 employees and hundreds of millions of dollars to operate and, ultimately, proved “completely redundant” as the federal government already has a portal in place to connect individuals to healthcare providers.
According to Moore, no one who got insurance through Kynect will lose his or her coverage when the program is dismantled, and they will still be able to go through the federal portal get healthcare coverage.
Moore said Bevin’s fresh perspective has given many state legislators a feeling of optimism, particularly in his proposed budget, which, “threaded a needle a lot of people thought couldn’t be threaded.”
Bevin has proposed a 4.5 percent cut to the state budget this fiscal year, followed by another 9 percent cut the next fiscal year, and the money saved from these cuts is expected to be used for state employee pensions, according to Moore, who added the cuts are not expected to be to personnel.
“Our goal is not to imply more burdens on the local level,” Moore said.
The state budget will take the remainder of the legislative process to be finalized, but, in broad measure, Moore said, Bevin’s proposal has impressed members of both political aisles.
Moore also complimented Bevin on his staff appointments, which include two Grayson County natives, Chad Meredith, whom was named Deputy General Counsel in the Governor’s Office, and Warren Beeler, whom was named Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy.
Moore said these appointments both reflect positively on Grayson County and show Bevin’s connection to the people of this area.
“Optimism is running rampant in Frankfort,” said Moore, adding that, after years of being prevented, a pro-life bill has also been allowed to proceed by Democrats.
Moore credits God for the positive changes and optimism that have come to Frankfort in 2016.
Additionally, Moore discussed the need for change in the state’s prevailing wage legislation. He said the state needs to either raise the threshold for prevailing wage or eliminate it all together.
“The dynamics in Frankfort are changing,” said Moore, explaining that the “squandering” of money in unneeded areas “needs to stop, and I believe it will.”
Ultimately, Moore spoke on the need for unity among, not only the state legislature, but citizens of Kentucky as well, and, he said, Bevin will help accomplish this goal.
“We are a Commonwealth that, as Matt Bevin has said, needs to appreciate one another,” Moore said. “It is a new day of optimism in Kentucky, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
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