Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky is facing a projected budget shortfall of nearly $200 million. In this case the state can either raise taxes to make up the difference or it can cut spending. Gov. Bevin has chosen the latter and is calling for 17% across the board cuts for all state agencies.  A few areas will be spared including education and Medicaid The annual budget for Kentucky is $10 billion, so finding areas to cut shouldn't be too hard. Its refreshing to see political leaders make cuts instead of simply raising taxes. After all, that's what each family does when they overspend. The bottom line is that the government officials are a steward of our tax dollars and should treat our money as carefully as they'd treat their own personal finances.