Experienced Educator for Jefferson County Public Schools (11+ yrs) Elected Treasurer of Jefferson County Teachers Association to four straight terms Appointed by Mayor Fischer to serve as a Board Member for MSD
Fully Funding Public Education No child in our commonwealth should have to go without because taxpayer dollars are being diverted for charter schools. Andrew will work to repeal charter school legislation in the commonwealth and to restore cuts to transportation, text books/classroom supplies, and professional development for teachers.
Job Creation We must invest in education as well as career technical programs so Kentucky workers will have the training they need to be successful in high need technical and skilled labor positions that are desperately needed to build our 21st century infrastructure. When Kentucky businesses are empowered with access to a well-trained workforce, opportunities for innovation, and incentives to create high-paying jobs with good benefits, our business become more competitive on a national and global scale.
Progressive Taxes vs Flat Taxes Those that earn 20k to 75k a year will see an increase in their taxes due to the actions of the current legislature. While corporations and those earning in the hundreds of thousands will see their taxes reduced. Andrew does not support a flat tax that disproportionately affects the poor and middle class. Large corporations and the extremely wealthy must pay their fair share.
Keeping the Promise The commonwealth entered into an inviolable contract with public employees that states that their pension would be fully funded by the legislature. No employee has ever missed a payment into the retirement system and it is unacceptable that the legislature has not only not made the ARC payments but has also borrowed and never replaced monies from the only retirement that public employees are eligible for since they do not receive social security. Alternate Revenue Streams Andrew would support legislation that provides Kentuckians the fundamental right to call for ballot initiatives and referendums. It is clear that we must have additional funding that does not come at the expense of the poor and middle class explicitly.
Affordable health care is a right not a privilege. Kentucky has one of the highest cancer rates in the nation with our commonwealth having an average cancer rate that is 30% higher than the national average. I support a tax increase on cigarettes in order to not only lower our cancer rate but to also use as an alternate source of revenue for the commonwealth.