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.