ON THE ISSUES

ON THE ISSUES

Quality Public Education

I am a strong supporter of public schools. As an educator, I personally witness the hard work of my colleagues on a daily basis. Our children, despite economic background, despite if they live in rural Kentucky or in one of our commonwealth’s cities, deserve the best from our public education system. Last legislative session, the Kentucky Legislature passed the Charter School Bill, which has since been enacted into law. This law takes funds from an already strapped public school system and creates a dual system.

Pension and New Revenue

The state of Kentucky needs revenue. There are several areas within our commonwealth where the working class and the middle class pay more than their share in taxes. Several industries and areas currently are not taxed. As your senator, I will introduce legislation to require a payment of sales tax on industries which are currently not taxed by the commonwealth. However, it is necessary to pass legislation to benefit our working and middle class without hindering public/private partnerships in Kentucky.

Public Employee Pensions

We did not arrive in our current pension crisis overnight. Therefore, the thought that the state would remedy the situation overnight is erroneous. The fact is, our public servants and educators have worked and paid into our pension system. Unlike other public servants in Kentucky, teachers do not pay into the social security system. Instead, teachers and the state contribute on a 50-50 basis into the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS). The teachers have upheld their end of the bargain, but the state has not. Educators and our public servants should not be penalized. Other methods of revenue should be sought.

Less Standardized Testing

To better serve and educate our children, there should be less standardized testing. Currently, students are being taught how to take tests, rather than given space to learn. I believe students need a variety of classes and training. Classes focusing on trade skills, such as plumbing, carpentry and electrical, would better serve Clark, Fayette and Montgomery counties. Graduating students who have been trained and certified in these skills will have a greater impact on their job readiness and local economies.

ON THE ISSUES

ON THE ISSUES

The Economy

Create comprehensive tax reform to ease the burden of working-class and middle-class families.

Support raising the minimum wage.

Invest in infrastructure to ensure that all Kentuckians have internet access and that our roads and bridges are safe.

Support equal pay for equal work.

Support local and family farms.

Worker’s Rights

End Right to Work and reinstate prevailing wage.

Fully fund the pensions of our teachers and public employees.

Support and defend our unions and the right of workers to bargain collectively.

Education

Prioritize education by fully funding our public school system.

Support our educators by protecting and funding their pensions as promised.

Support tuition-free, 2-year college or trade school of choice for every Kentucky student.

Healthcare

Support access to affordable healthcare for everyone in Kentucky.

Support a woman's right to privacy in regard to her medical decisions.

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