Andrew's Detailed Priorities for District 38
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.
“Preexisting conditions” is the phrase that insurance companies use to exclude Kentuckians like you and me from affordable health care. Affordable health care is a right not a privilege. I will support the public, not the insurance companies.
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 believe that we should balance the budget of the commonwealth on the backs of the middle class and poor. He supports a staggered progressive tax rate that will tax those earning over 200k a year at a higher rate than those that do not. Andrew also does not support corporate tax breaks and will introduce legislation designed to end the loop holes for large corporations.
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. Research shows that charter schools do not outperform public schools and siphon precious resources from our students, schools, and teachers. Andrew loves his public schools and will ensure that they are properly funded so that we may continue to enrich the lives of our students and prepare them for their future careers as well as to develop students into responsible active citizens.
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. Our public employees agreed to work for much less than they are worth because they believed the legislature had their best interest at heart. Andrew will not break the promise to public employees and will always vote in favor of fully funding the pension system.
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.
In addition, high skilled jobs must equal high paying jobs. Kentuckians who possess college degrees and/or skilled training deserve to be able to live comfortably on their salaries. Andrew is in favor of organized labor and those that will protect and ensure workers’ rights as well as the hiring of local workers.
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. Andrew would support measures introduced to expand casino gambling and to legalize medical marijuana.
Andrew Bailey has taught for JCPS since 2007