Kentucky Leaders Applaud LIFT Being Named House Bill 1

December 19, 2014

Today, leaders across Kentucky met in the chambers of the Kentucky House of Representatives to announce that LIFT (Local Investments for Transformation) Kentucky has been named House Bill 1 for the upcoming 2015 General Assembly. Historically, legislation filed as House Bill 1 indicates the measure is the top priority for House members.

A coalition of endorsing organizations and individuals sounded off on the importance and momentum of this crucial piece of legislation:

Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark & Board Member of LIFT Kentucky

“It’s clear leaders in Frankfort are embracing the idea of giving of local citizens the right to vote and invest in their own projects,” said Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark and Board Member of LIFT Kentucky. “LIFT Kentucky has assembled an unprecedented coalition of top business, civic, trade, and government leaders in the Commonwealth who have all rallied behind giving more power to citizens. It’s great to see the local option as House Bill 1, and I look forward to the General Assembly allowing Kentuckians the right to vote on the local option.”

David Adkisson, President, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

“The Chamber of Commerce is firmly behind this effort and we are urging the General Assembly to give the people of the Commonwealth a chance to decide for themselves on a local option,” said David Adkisson, President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “In an increasingly competitive economy, we need to make sure every community has the tools it needs to attract new business and keep Kentucky’s economy growing. I hope lawmakers realize what’s at stake here – it’s time to allow Kentuckians to decide for themselves if they want to embrace this transformative tool.”


Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

“Communities should be empowered in every way possible,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Giving citizens more say can only help create vibrant places that will attract new talent, new jobs, and new opportunities. Public surveys have consistently shown there’s overwhelming support across the Commonwealth to let the people have a vote.”

Hubie Pollett, President of KACO & Shelby County Magistrate

“Nobody knows what Kentucky’s counties need more than the citizens who live there,” said Hubie Pollett, President of the Kentucky Association of Counties and Shelby County Magistrate. “Residents of communities, urban and rural, across the Commonwealth deserve the opportunity to fund the projects they so choose. The Kentucky Association of Counties urges lawmakers in Frankfort to allow the people to vote on the local option.”

LIFT is endorsed by:

Governor Steve Beshear

Former Governor Ernie Fletcher

Former Governor Paul Patton

Former Governor Brereton Jones

Former Governor Martha Layne Collins

Former Governor John Y. Brown Jr.

Former Governor Julian Carroll

Former Governor Wendell Ford

Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network

AIA Kentucky

Associated General Contractors

Association of Independent KY Colleges and Universities

Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Lexington

Frankfort/Franklin County Public Policy Group

Frankfort/Franklin County Riverfront Development

Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission

Greater Louisville Building &Construction Trades

Greater Louisville Inc.

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.

Home Builders Association of Louisville

Jefferson County Teachers Association

Kentuckians for Better Transportation

Kentucky Association of Counties

Kentucky Association of Economic Development

Kentucky Capital Development Corporation

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts

Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association

Kentucky‐Indiana Exchange

Kentucky League of Cities

Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association

KYNDLE - Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement

Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Metropolitan Alliance for Growth

Oldham County Chamber of Commerce

Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Greater Louisville Hotel & Lodging Association

Purchase Area Development District

West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance

Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors

Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Travel Industry Association Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce

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