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Tue January 26, 2010
Republican Representative Quits Tax Overhaul Panel
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Rep. Farmer, who's a tax consultant, has been working with Louisville Rep. Jim Wayne and other Democrats on a possible tax reform plan. But Farmer, the lone Republican on the work group, tells Kentucky Public Radio he's not comfortable with the direction he believes his colleagues are taking.
"They were looking to raise a half-billion dollars in taxes to add to the state's budget," says Farmer.
"And that's not what you want?" asked McVeigh.
"I don't want to increase the tax burden on the people of the state of Kentucky," replied Farmer.
Farmer says he prefers a revenue neutral tax reform plan. Another factor possibly affecting Farmer's resignation from the panel is the decision by Lexington Republican Jacob Hartlage to run against Farmer in the May 18th primary.