Matt Bevin on Budget & Economy



Must rely on cutting spending to improve financial outlook

Taking immediate action to stabilize Kentucky's future is no longer an option--it is a necessity.

There is no magic wand or money tree in Frankfort to fix Kentucky's financial woes and improve the Commonwealth's credit rating. This budget must rely on either tax increases or spending cuts to get Kentucky's fiscal house in order. Because Kentuckians cannot afford any tax increases, this budget proposal cuts spending and allocates Kentucky's scarce taxpayer dollars more prudently than in years past.

Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Kentucky legislature , Jan 26, 2016

AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal

Matt Bevin blasts McConnell for supporting a debt-limit increase and launching "false attack ads" in a new ad. It's the candidate's first significant statewide broadcast buy, and will also air statewide on cable, according to his campaign.

The ad features Bevin speaking direct-to-camera, declaring "after caving yet again to President Obama on the debt ceiling, all that Mitch McConnell can do is run false attack ads."

A narrator goes on to declare that "thirty years is enough," and calls McConnell "too liberal" and "too long."

McConnell has attacked Bevin in radio ads, knocking him for what the campaign sees as a "pattern of deceptions" from Bevin. McConnell's vote to raise the debt limit drew heavy criticism from conservatives and was seen as a risky vote for him. But the senator retains a solid lead over Bevin, and is heavily favored in the primary.

Source: AdWatch by The Hill weblog on 2014 Kentucky Senate race , Mar 31, 2014

No budget deal; let the sequester cuts take place

Matt Bevin called on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose the budget compromise negotiated by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. The budget deal would keep government running for two years, would increase spending from $967 billion to $1.012 trillion but would pay down the deficit by an additional $20 billion.

McConnell hasn't expressed an opinion specifically about the Ryan-Murray compromise but he has urged other Republicans to stand their ground on the budget and allow another round of sequester-related budget cuts to go into effect in January.

Bevin said he doesn't believe the plan's promised deficit reduction will ever happen: "Mitch McConnell is dodging a major issue. This deal is bad for America because it raises spending in the short-term for long-term cuts that everyone knows will never happen. McConnell should lead Republicans in demanding a deal that, at a bare minimum, sticks to the existing savings of the sequester."

Source: Joseph Gerth in Courier-Journal on 2014 Kentucky Senate race , Dec 13, 2013

Wall Street and auto bailouts made us pay for their mistakes

When Washington politicians bailed out the Wall Street banks and the auto companies, they made hardworking taxpayers pay for other peoples' irresponsible mistakes. Matt believes taxpayers need to be protected from the lobbyists and special interests who pull the strings in Washington.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattBevin.com, "Issues" , Oct 25, 2013

Balanced Budget Amendment ends Congress' spending addiction

Our government doesn't have a revenue problem. It has a spending addiction. Sadly, this has been a bipartisan disease. Over the past decade, federal spending has ballooned at the hands of both Democrats and Republicans. This spending addiction has pushed our debt to nearly $17 trillion and our government to the precipice of a potential debt crisis.

It is clear we can't trust Congress to follow through on its promise to cut spending "next year" or "next month." It's time for taxpayers to hold our politicians accountable. That's why Matt supports passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that will force Congress to balance the budget every year and to keep spending at or below historical spending levels.

Matt will also refuse to vote for a debt limit increase unless we make substantial spending cuts and reforms. This would include having a plan agreed upon by the President and the US Congress that balances the budget in 10 years or less.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattBevin.com, "Issues" , Oct 25, 2013

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