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District 5 State Representatives Candidates Discuss Service Tax, Public Pensions


Candidates for Kentucky’s 5th District State Representative answered questions on the state’s service tax at a forum in Murray on Tuesday. The legislation went into effect in July and requires businesses and nonprofits to collect sales tax on services. Democratic candidate David Ramey says the bill is terrible “all the way across the board.” He says if elected he would vote to repeal the tax as it applies to church picnics like Fancy Farm.

Ramey told WKMS, “Fancy Farm picnic for example cut a thirteen-thousand dollar check to the Kentucky revenue cabinet. That’s sad. It really is. And this was done to shift the burden from the top income to working Kentuckians.”

Republican candidate Larry Elkins says there is a bill prefiled to address the nonprofit portion of the legislation. He also says the bill’s passage two months before its implementation didn't give the business community enough time to become educated. He says he wouldn’t have voted for the bill if he was in the legislature. District 5 covers Calloway County and part of Trigg County.

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