I have been a tireless advocate of improving the ways the people’s business is handled. Even as a freshman legislator, I advocated simplifying our legislative process and ending the tyranny of the powerful few who too often ignore the stated will of the people.

 

    Although there are folks in Frankfort who are more interested in partisanship, I have worked with legislators across the political spectrum to pass legislation beneficial to Kentucky. One example is the law that protects veteran’s funerals from disruptive and dishonoring protests. Through persuasion and persistence—working with legislators from both parties in the House and Senate—I was able to ensure that my first bill became law.

    As recent events have demonstrated, continual partisan infighting threatens to paralyze state government. While that may not seem like such a tragedy, Kentucky needs to move forward—not just spin its wheels while the rest of the nation passes us by. I will continue to unravel the knots in Frankfort—not to expand state government or spend more money, but to require it to be more responsive to the people. Government should be run like a publicly-traded company—which in a sense it is. Its deliberations and decisions should be transparent, and reflect the will of the folks who actually do the voting and pay the taxes and make Kentucky great. For example, every bill (including if not especially budget bills) should be available for legislators and citizens alike to review for 3 days before a vote.

 

    Kentucky should be respected for living up to the motto we proudly declare on our state flag: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”  Regardless of political party or persuasion, elected officials need to act like servant-leaders once again.

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