This political season, the topic of jobs is a high priority talking point. The three people running for Kentucky lieutenant governor answered questions about jobs and other topics on Kentucky Educational Television last night.
Agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer, who’s running with fellow Republican David Williams, criticized the Beshear administration’s efforts to attract jobs.
“You know if you’re talking about creating jobs…where are they….why is a hundred thousand less people working today than they were four years ago?” asked Farmer.
Farmer cited Tennessee as a state which has seen job creation at Kentucky’s expense. Governor Beshear’s running mate, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, says Kentucky should not look to Tennessee as a role model.
“And Tennessee was behind us in terms of Kentucky having a better business tax climate by the national tax foundation,” said Abramson.
Abramson says the impact of the national recession has hurt Kentucky. Still, Dea Riley, who’s running with Gatewood Galbraith on the independent ticket, says Kentucky can do more.
“And you can cite Tennessee and every other state in reference to our business environment, but the bottom line is we are the fifth poorest state in the nation,” said Riley.
The three candidates also responded to questions related to tourism development, tax changes, and Kentucky’s prison population.