The two men running for the District 9 State Representative seat faced off in debate once again Thursday evening during a League of Women Voters forum.
Incumbent Republican Myron Dossett is facing challenger Democrat William Coleman. While the two fielded questions about broadband internet in the state, early voting and raising the minimum wage, the main topic debated was pension reform.
Kentucky’s pension system is notoriously underfunded, but Dossett says he was proud to be a part of the previous General Assembly that fully funded the Kentucky Retirement System and Teacher Retirement System and it must continue to happen.
Coleman says the pension system must be funded no matter what to keep the promises made to state employees.
Both agreed that the state needs to generate new revenue, with Dossett saying he’s a big proponent of tax reform and moving away from an income tax. Coleman says he’d be open to suggestions on how to generate revenue and he would be open to considering legalizing medical marijuana.
Hear the debate in full below: