Pendleton said he's always glad to hear from citizens of the 3rd District, but right now he particularly needs their input. "We're getting ready to set spending priorities for our state through the budget and the Governor is talking about changing our tax structure," Pendleton said. "Before I vote on anything I want to hear from the people who pay the bills, and that's the taxpayers."
Pendleton said it's unfortunate that the Governor Ernie Fletcher did not include Hopkinsville on his list of stops in his "Jobs for Kentucky" tax plan tour. "Hopkinsville is the fifth largest city in Kentucky," Pendleton said. "I had hoped that my constituents would have the opportunity to hear from the Governor first hand and listen to his ideas about taxes with an open mind."
Anyone with an opinion about the budget, the Governor's tax plan or other issues is encouraged to contact Pendleton immediately. "I need to hear back before I vote in February," Pendleton said. Pendleton may be reached by calling, toll free, 1-800-372-7181 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The week-long organizational session, held primarily to elect leadership and assign committees, was an eventful one for Pendleton. He was elected to leadership of the Senate Democratic caucus and will serve as whip.
He was also appointed to committees that handle bills and investigate issues that are very important to Christian, Logan and Todd counties. Pendleton was appointed to the Agriculture and Natural Resources; Health and Welfare; and Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection committees. He also serves on the Administrative Regulation Review and Program Review committees and, because he is a member of leadership, on the Rules Committee and the Committee on Committees.
The Senate will reconvene on Feb. 1.