In early May of this year, Reggie Thomas came to my door asking me what was my biggest concern for State government. I let him know that my biggest concern was the State budget. Our current expenditures are paid based on an ethereal future revenue. Our various departments run in such a way as to make Kentucky recieve the notorious title “Worst Run State In America” by Forbes magazine (10/08/2010). The recent auditing of the Agriculture Department reveals the depth of corruption and mispent revenues in just one segment of our government.
I would like to know and to share what each of the candidates plan to do concerning the budget of our commonwealth. What are their revenue building plans (increase taxes, tax reform(s), allowing for economic activity in the private sector)? What are their plans for weeding out corruption?
I would also like to know what are their philosophies of justice. Do the candiates side with Aristotle, John Rawls, or Robert Nozick? What does it mean to side with any of the above-mentioned philosophers of justice? These may seem like strange questions; yet, a politician’s view of justice is as important as their view of budgetary concerns.
I have invited Robert Benvenuti and Reggie Thomas (88th district) to answer these questions on this blog. They may post their answers in the comments section, or may write as a guest author on this blog site.
Update. Since the candidates have not answered the above questions, I have analyzed their answers in the League of Women Voters debate. The result of said analysis may be read in That Which is Right, and Just, and Fair 5.