Kentucky Farm Bureau 2015 State Legislative Priority Issues
HIGHWAYS, ROADS, AND BRIDGES
• Support the rural secondary and county road aid programs and continuation of the 22.2% allocation of the state gasoline tax revenue for rural roads.
• Recommend sufficient funding be made available to maintain quality rural roads across the Commonwealth.
AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
• Maintain allocating 50% of the Master Settlement Agreement funds to the
Agricultural Development Board, and funds be spent for the purpose of improving the net farm income of individual farmers in production agriculture.
• Support continued funding of the Soil Erosion & Water Quality Cost-Share Program.
• Support an efficient, well-administered and adequately financed Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
• Recommend sufficient funding be made available to maintain a strong grain elevator inspection program for the protection of farmers, and protect the farmer-financed Grain Insurance Program.
• Strongly oppose freezing the state real property tax rate.
• Support the current provisions of House Bill 44 (KRS 132.010). Revenue from property taxes should continue to be limited to 4% plus new growth. Proposals to exceed 4% should automatically go to the voters.
• Maintain Kentucky’s sales tax exemptions for production agriculture.
• Recommend production items associated with the equine and poultry industries, as well veterinary medicine and vaccines be exempt from the sales and use tax.
• Oppose the power of eminent domain being used to take private property for private use.
• Request state government to include agricultural representation in the process of developing water quantity and quality regulations to include, but not limited to TMDL’s.
• State water resource policy and regulations should be based on adequate scientific research data.
• Support effective wildlife management that will reduce the wildlife population in an effort to alleviate continued crop and livestock losses, automobile accidents, human injuries, and loss of life.
• Support forestry initiatives that enhance the economy and create opportunities for woodland owners.
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