I not only work for one of the largest employers in Kentucky, I am a partner in a family small business.  I understand that business - not government - fuels our economy.  It is critical that Kentucky encourages the kind of business that will provide good jobs for our citizens.   For that reason, I strongly advocate repealing the Alternate Minimum Calculation, which imposes unnecessarily high taxes on Kentucky businesses.  That is also why I rejected the house Democrat effort to raise taxes on Kentucky businesses in 2012 - even on those businesses losing money!  That bad idea would have cost thousands of Kentuckians their jobs.    

    Located at the crossroads of Central Kentucky, the Heartland of Grayson and Hardin County must continue to realize its full potential. The State has recognized the economic contribution Fort Knox makes, and has prioritized funding BRAC-related projects. When I arrived in Frankfort, I promoted the opportunity presented by BRAC, and encouraged other legislators and 2 governors to help me promote development of the entire Heartland region. To date, Kentucky has invested $251 million in order to leverage that economic potential into expanded job opportunities. Thanks to the right investment of attention, energy, and capital, the Heartland and the entire Lincoln Trail region will continue to grow and still be a great place to live and raise a family.


    As Fort Knox transitions its mission, Kentucky has demonstrated its willingness to step up to invest in the infrastructure to make that transition a success. Even more importantly, Kentucky has helped ensure that our people have the training and skills that will allow them to capitalize on the influx of new jobs on and around Fort Knox.

    The right of every citizen to enter into associations with whoever they want—and to be free from coerced associations—means that Kentucky should join other states in passing “Right to Work” legislation. Laws to protect the rights of individual workers will not undermine the strength of unions, but will prevent unions from abusing their role in the workplace. Again, no worker should be forced to join a union as a prerequisite to getting a job.

    I am in favor of laws that allow market forces to encourage the free enterprise of labor. Within established “minimum wage” guidelines, no business or local government should be forced to artificially inflate their costs beyond what market forces require them to pay. This means that wages should be set by willing workers on the scene, not government bureaucrats dictating wages from Frankfort.


    During the 2007 “Short Session”, the General Assembly passed a law raising the minimum wage in our state. More important than merely legislating wages in Kentucky, state government must ensure that our workers have the training and skills to attract and secure high-paying jobs. Kentucky has the potential for businesses and workers. Our low cost of living and generally friendly business environment must be matched with an education system that is second-to-none and tax structures that encourage business and allow workers to keep more of their hard-earned wages.

    As a fiscal conservative, I am convinced that Government takes more than enough of our hard-earned dollars to fulfill its responsibilities to its citizens. In that regard, I believe that Government should be run like a business. It must not merely raise its price while delivering lower and lower quality goods and services.


    By again exercising wise stewardship of the People’s tax money, I believe Government will regain credibility that has been squandered. Some expenditures will always sound compassionate and right, and there may be a time when unforeseen circumstances dictate an increase in revenues. But I will condone raising taxes only when the will of the people dictates. Again, I will advocate servant-leadership—spending tax revenues as judiciously and frugally as Kentucky families guard their own budgets.

    I am also in a union, and recognize that without labor there would be no business. Kentucky must prioritize the needs of its working men and women, and never take their tax contributions for granted.  This means that government should balance the needs of business with the rights of workers.  Instead of unfairly favoring either side of this balanced relationship, Kentucky must wisely advocate for both.