Minimum wage in Kentucky today is $7.25. This means that working a minimum wage job would provide a salary of less than $15,000 take home pay a year. The poverty line for a family of 2 is a salary of $17,420 a year. While minimum wage jobs are often entry level jobs, many people working minimum wage jobs still have families to provide for. This puts the American dream out of reach for so many Kentuckians.
Clean water is foundational to a healthy life. Without clean water people are drinking contaminants that very often harm their bodies and may lead to severe illnesses such as cancer. Clean water should be a right that every American has access to and is guaranteed.
Quality education should be accessible to children from birth through college. This involves free preschool so children have a healthy platform to develop. In K-12 education we need a focus on improving public education so that all children across Kentucky have access to equal quality of education. Higher education should be affordable so that students are not graduating with staggering debt that many carry for much of their adult life.
COVID-19 has been a deeply divisive issue in Washington DC and with the surge of cases across the country will, most likely, continue to be a source of conflict for the rest of this year. As we see new variants of the virus begin to spread around our state and nation I believe there are several actions we can take to save lives and help control the spread of the virus.
Throughout our country we are seeing sad examples of the right to vote being suppressed and taken away from citizens who have the right to vote and have a voice in who represents them in government. We need conversations to ensure that all citizens in Kentucky have equal access to vote.
While America was founded on the belief in freedom and liberty for all, sadly history has shown this ideal is often only applied to a specific group of people in this country. For many years, people in the LGBTQ+ community (often our own friends and family) have been ostracized and discriminated against for who they are.
The latest White House infrastructure report gave Kentucky a grade of C-. Quality roads and bridges are vital to connecting our state and encouraging businesses to choose Kentucky as a location for them to build and grow. This is something we need to build together today so that generations to come have safe transportation routes across the state and the nation.
Not enough action is being taken to enact gun reform laws that will protect people in our cities. In Kentucky alone, there are laws that make it hard, if not impossible, for cities to pass meaningful gun reform laws. This is an issue we should address at the Federal level so people in all states are protected.
Human rights and the idea of human dignity propelled the founders of the United States of America as they drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. They began with the words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Sadly, 245 years later we look no further than Louisville’s own Breonna Taylor, Minneapolis’ George Floyd, and countless others, to see people in this country still literally fighting for their lives and to be treated with dignity and honor as human beings worthy of respect. If elected your Senator I promise to fight every day to see ALL people in this country treated with dignity and honor. It is time that America truly began treating all within its borders as created equal so as to be a true leader in the world and an example that other countries can follow. My campaign is about ensuring that in education, healthcare, income, and more, all Kentuckians are treated with dignity and ensured the resources they need to help build up our state into the great center for commerce and development I know it can be.
I know I am not alone in feeling the division in this country grow deeper over the past number of years. The distance between left and right, Democrat and Republican has grown into what now often seems an irreparable divide that sadly separates us from friends and family. As a Democrat, I believe there are real and important differences that create distinction and division on some level. However, I also believe that for many Americans, and Kentuckians, we all share so much common ground. We all face the need to make livable wages to pay our rents and mortgages and feed our families. Many of us have worried about a medical bill at various times in our lives, or put off seeing a doctor because of concern over how the bill will be paid. My campaign is about creating conversations around these issues to connect people across the state over shared struggles and needs. I believe that discussion around these issues so many face, will help us as a state find those areas of common ground where we can work forward to ensure a better tomorrow for the citizens of Kentucky. Our differences are important and should be celebrated and discussed, but the issues we all face provide us a common goal: ensuring that Kentucky becomes a leader in the 50 United States in education, infrastructure, business development and more.