Taxes, Minimum Wage, Top Issues In Upcoming State Elections

Apr 19, 2014

Kentucky's 2014 elections will be more than just Democrats vs. Republicans: It will be the minimum wage vs. taxes.

House and Senate leaders said this week both issues will play major roles in this fall's pivotal races for the Kentucky legislature, one of just six states where Democrats and Republicans share control of state government.

Republicans have criticized House Democrats for passing two tax increases this year. Both increases failed to pass the Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats have criticized Republicans for blocking an increase in the minimum wage.

Republicans have a solid majority in the state Senate. And in the House, which Democrats have controlled since 1922, Republicans need just five seats to win a majority.