was believed would give opportunity for great improvement in
our system of taxation.
Following this hearing some days after, the writer was by
the Senate invited to address them, in Committee of the whole,
which he did, and the same afternoon the Senate, by a vote of 31
to 5, on call of the roll, approved Senator Lancaster's amendment.
Under the prolonged and tedious discussion of the new rev-
enue act (some 165 printed pages) in the House, action on the
amendment to the Constitution was unfortunately crowded out
and never came to a vote, though its friends labored earnestly
to secure its consideration, having had good assurance of its
passage by more than the requisite three-fifths vote.
So this important measure failed, so far as the last General
Assembly was concerned.
From time to time since, the writer has had inquiries by letter
and otherwise for information as to various points made in his
argument before the Senate, and in order to meet these inquiries
and frequent suggestions, he has had this paper printed.
Kentucky is now handicapped and seriously hindered, in his
judgment, in her progress by her unfortunate revenue system.
This, he is convinced, is one of the chief obstacles to the greater
development of this great State. He believes that intelligent
discussion is bound to lead to a public sentiment which will
demand reform. The State will certainly not grow as she
ought without it.
Let it no longer be said truthfully that we have "one of the
crudest and most defective revenue systems," "our tax laws abom-
inable", and if this paper shall contribute, in small degree, to
discussion and action, bringing about better things. the writer
will be repaid.
He has no axe to grind.. no end in view. but the good of
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A brief review of our advantages and progress, or lack of
progress, give basis for reliable conclusions as to whether our
position is satisfactory.
Our great natural advantages are well known-possibly we
have relied too much upon them. Let us, however, call to mind
some marked points of interest, natural and otherwise.
Center of Population. Kentucky is practically at the center
of the United States.