- Education of our
Children Is Still the #1 Priority. Educational responsibility is to Kentucky
what the responsibility for national defense is to the United States.
- It is absolutely essential
that our children are educated and ready for the challenges of the future. Our
children should be educated not indoctrinated and must be able to
compete in math, English, science and reading.
- More money should be
devoted and directed to the classroom and less to administration and more
authority and decision making to the local school boards and less to
should have choices on schools and in schools.
- Ask to the United
State Congress to abolish the U.S. Dept. of Education and block grant to the
states the billions of tax dollars to the States
- and then the Commonwealth's
Department of Education should then block grant it to the local schools.
Jobs and the Economy
- Vigorously support and
promote Kentucky agriculture (both animal and crops), Kentucky manufacturing,
Kentucky industry, Kentucky technology and Kentucky based coal and energy
- Support a state
constitutional amendment that would place a debt limit of no more than 6% on
state government and direct a periodic legislative review of Kentucky laws and
regulations that affect Kentucky's jobs and economy.
- Reduce administrative
and regulatory expense in every department of state government amd review and overhaul Kentucky's income tax system to
simplify and ease the tax burden of Kentucky families and businesses and make
Kentucky a much better place to locate a new businesses and protect the
commerce and jobs we now have.
- We should
enable workers who want to join a union to be able to do so, and those who
don't to be able to work without paying mandatory union dues.
- Reduce or eliminate
the restrictions on nuclear power in Kentucky to help provide low cost energy
and create jobs.
Protection of Our
Rights & Liberty
understanding of the purpose of our government is to protect our God-given
rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- Often our governments threaten those very
rights that it was created to protect, as bureaucrats and politicians impose,
even though some time, well intentioned, laws, policies and administrative
regulations in an ever-expanding government, on us at the costs of the freedom
and the liberty that allowed us to prosper-and thus force hard working Kentucky
citizens to pay for them in taxes and loss of production.
a real constitutional conservative, I will diligently safeguard the right to
life and will work to restore prosperity by opposing job killing
over-regulations, laws and policies, federal government overreach and
government control of our property.
will again foster the discussions of personal liberty and our founding
principles in the Kentucky House of Representative and the Commonwealth's
elected, I will represent the people of the 5th District by sponsoring
legislation to lower our state income tax to gradually phase it out
- Sharing a border with
Tennessee means that our district has to compete with a state that has zero
personal income tax.
- Sixty years ago
Kentucky and Tennessee were approximately the same size, shared the same
values, had the same number of Congressional representatives, had the same kind
of roads and infrastructure.
understood that more business and industry would be attracted to their state with
a tax laws that were more favorable to individuals and companies alike.
- They understood, even then, that they could
grow their economy and thus tax based revenue by allowing people to have and
keep more of their own hard earned money to invest in their own entrepreneurial
enterprises and family businesses.
rates are important for attracting new business and industry - the lower the
better and the broader the tax base.
must lower the Commonwealth's income taxes to do better than other states - and
we need to do it now.
a former active member of Calloway County Future Farmers of American, "I
believe in the future of farming (agriculture) with a faith born not of words
- As a farm owner, I
realize the vital importance of the agricultural industry to our community, our
Commonwealth and indeed our Nation.
Farming is the backbone of district and our society. I will do all that I can, as your State
Representative, to be one of the strongest advocates, proponents and supporter
of the family farmer in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
believe we have one of the very best ever Commissioners of Agriculture in
Kentucky in Commissioner Jamie Comer. He
actually understands the vital role agriculture and farming plays in the
overall economic health of the Commonwealth. I look forward to working with Commissioner Comer and the Department of
Agriculture and will support any legislation that seeks to create a more
prosperous business climate to move our agricultural economy forward.
support any legislation that will open new markets for our agricultural
products and at the same time push back against Washington D.C.'s disastrous
interference in our farm communities.
- Conduct a complete review
of all state-imposed health care mandates and get rid of unnecessary
regulations that drive up the cost of care and pass tort reform to protect
Kentucky doctors from junk lawsuits that drive the cost of health care for
- State law that will
protect Kentucky families and small business from federal government run health
care and cut out the waste, abuse and fraud that bog down the Commonwealth's
Medicaid system so the system can work more efficiently.
D.C.'s continued assault on Kentucky's manufacturing and industries has
absolutely got to be stopped.
- The EPA's
seeming unmitigated power to harass and regulate coal, nuclear power
generation, farming, aluminum production, gas and oil and agriculture just has
be addressed by our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and our state government.
previously as your state representative and as a former state Natural Resources
& Environmental Protection deputy secretary and commissioner I have learned
that we don't always have to do things or accept their mandates according to
the EPA's heavy handed edicts.
- Even with
good regulations and rules, Washington's still uses extortion and coercion to
force states to do their bidding - if you don't do this we will withhold your
federal funds (by the way, it's your tax dollars you have paid into the federal
government, they are withholding). Just like with drugs or alcohol - sometimes
we should just say 'NO'.
Stop the Borrowing
2010 the current leaders in the Kentucky House of Representatives proposed
raising Kentucky's debt by $1.1 Billion and attempted to raise taxes on small
businesses by an additional $300+ Million.
Fortunately, the Kentucky Senate and even the Governor rejected the
Democratic leadership's massive new debt and tax increases.
current debt is now over $40 Billion due in part to the state's unfunded
pension program liability, which has absolutely got to be addressed. Kentucky has recently been cited as one of
the 10 worst states in regard to its accumulating debt crisis. This will cause the Commonwealth credit
rating to be lowered if not addressed - eventually winding up like states such
as California on the verge of bankruptcy.
General State Government Policy
- Government is out of
control at both the federal and state levels. It is time we, the People, take
back control from the bureaucrats, career politicians and special interests and
we should give the public at least forty-eight hours to read any legislative
bill that raises taxes or spends tax dollars before it can be voted on.
- Require all government
agencies to justify all their spending, prior to a budget vote, before a
legislative committee hearing that is open to the public and pass legislation that
will require all state government agencies to put expenditures and contracts
online in real time.
- Enact legislation that
would require a 3/5ths (60%) 'super' majority vote of both the Kentucky House
and Senate that either raises taxes or spends tax dollars and establish term
limits for ALL elected and appointed state officials.
- Stop the partisanship
and nonsense and use Common Sense for the Common Good.
- More Government is NOT the Solution to our
Problems More Government is generally THE Problem.
- State Government Needs
to Understand that YOU, the Voter, Are the Boss - NOT the Career
Politicians, Special Interests or the Bureaucrats.
- Fully support the 2nd
Amendment right to own and bear arms.
- Support "Right To
Life" and oppose any use of taxpayer dollars to provide abortions. State
Government should again be a government OF the People, BY the
people and FOR the People.
Kentucky State Government should always
recognize and be cognizant of the tremendous debt the citizens of our
Commonwealth and the people of the United States owe to the past and present
members of our armed forces and should hold in utmost esteem those who have
served to protect, preserve and defend our the life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness so valued by our great nation.