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October 9, 2012

Barr answers student questions at Madison Middle

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RICHMOND — What are your plans for education funding?

“We have to do everything we can in Washington to make sure we don’t impose new costs on state governments that would in any way interfere with ability of Frankfort to adequately fund your education ... A problem that I see is that Washington is doing so many things to impose costs on states, that it makes it more and more difficult for the states to fulfill it’s obligations to schools ... A lot of times governments will waste money, we need to make sure that all the taxpayer dollars go to teachers and to teaching and less money on bureaucracy.”

Do you think the wealthy should pay more taxes than the poor?

“I think yes. They do now. The wealthy do pay more than the poor — and they should, because they can afford to pay more than the poor. In fact, I don’t think the poor should pay any taxes, and most poor do not pay any taxes. It’s hard enough for the poor ... But, as you move up and gain success, people should pay more and more. The key is not taxing people too much so it prevents economic growth.”

Are you supporting Medicare benefits or cutting Medicare benefits?

“I’m glad that young people care about Medicare. This is exactly the kind of issue that’s on the TV, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. This is why Medicare is important to you: Medicare is a system that we have in this country where when you’re working, you pay into Medicare. In return, the government makes a promise to you. The promise is this: That you have retirement and health care security when you retire.

The concern I have, is that the government is about ready to start breaking its promise. In 12 years, if we do nothing, the government is going to start breaking its promise.

Now that’s not right, because the government has made a promise ... If you’re 55 years or older, nothing should change. But if you’re 54 or younger, then we have to make some reforms to Medicare so it is there when you retire.

There is one major difference between me and Congressman Chandler on this issue, I support a plan that makes no changes for people that are 55 years or older. Unfortunately, my opponent, does support making changes for those 55 years and older — and that’s Obamacare. Obamacare cuts Medicare reimbursements to providers and hospitals and doctors $700 billion dollars. I don’t think we should do that because I think it breaks the promise of Medicare. I think we should repeal Obamacare and put the money back into Medicare so that we keep the promise to our seniors, to your grandparents and to my parents.”

If you are elected, how are you going to help our job situation?

“The main this is — making sure the cost of doing business is as low as possible so businesses feel confidant on spending the money to hire a new person.

Another part of it is eliminating the uncertainty. There’s so much uncertainty because lawmakers and politicians are always changing the rules. When they change the rules, they make people nervous and uncertain about the future. We need to make sure that it’s predictable, that there’s certainty. When entrepreneurs and small business owners feel more comfortable about the future, they are more likely to hire more people. That’s the key to getting the American people back to work.”

For more of the interaction between Andy Barr and the students, visit www.richmondregister.com.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@

richmondregister.com

or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

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