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State Senate District 11

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    James Fiorelli
    (Dem)

  • John Schickel
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

What will you do to support an equitable and vibrant economy in our state?

What reforms will you pursue to address social and racial inequality in our state?

What will you do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our state?

Campaign Phone (859) 630-5730
Campaign Email jimky2020@outlook.com
Aside from a huge budget deficit which will affect all of KY, we have generational poverty and regional economic collapse. KY is physically and mentally unhealthy, and rates poorly in almost every critical category. Over the past 15 years spending on education has fallen, pensions have imploded, and KY is ground zero of the opioid crisis. Now, add the loss of the social safety net due to COVID. We need a huge federal money infusion to maintain roofs overhead and food on the table. I will work to expand Medicaid and the return of kynect. I will support prison and bail reform that could save $200 million for education and pensions. I will promote wind and solar initiatives that create jobs at 6 times the rate of other industries.
New businesses demand an educated workforce and quality of life more than tax incentives. So, for starters, we must fund education, upgrade infrastructure, and update our many recreational havens. We must eliminate unemployment and pay inequities for women and minorities, and raise the minimum wage. To revitalize undervalued communities, we must create opportunity zones, nurture local business partnerships and provide low-interest financing to encourage minority business ownership. In distressed neighborhoods, we need to improve public transportation. Statewide, we need to embrace and expand the governor’s agri-tech initiative and promote all forms of technology.
I will pursue fixing a skewed tax structure which favors the wealthy. I will back organized labor, raise the minimum wage, fight for equal pay for women and minorities, and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. I will look to the best practices of other states, such as Oregon’s “CEO” tax. a surcharge on companies that pay CEO’s more than 100 times the average worker. I will encourage ballot initiatives for positive change. I will invest in education and job training for the poor so skill levels match the needs of today’s job markets. I will support free tuition for 2-year colleges and trade schools, and will work to expand Medicare, access to mortgage loans, and work for quality housing.
Ultimately, federal lawmakers need to come up with a better version of the ACA, one that offers a public option, competition, and transparency. Social programs need constant oversight and metric analyses to eliminate the Eric Conn’s of the world. I support the governor’s plan to reinstate kynect, and will support adequate staffing to assist our citizens in enrollment and access. I will work to eliminate limited-duration, high-cost-little-benefit plans which take healthy people out of the marketplace and make coverage more expensive for everyone else. COVID has revealed health plan disparity for minorities and I will work with the governor on outreach and marketing to address this problem.
If Boone County can be used as an example, I have few fears regarding election security. I support expanded mail-in voting that not only addresses health concerns, but has proven both effective and cost-effective in several states. I will also support early voting, and will work to bring the polls to the people. How much effort is expended in getting the elderly to polling sites just so they can exercise their right to vote? Prior to Election Day, why not set up polls within nursing homes and adult care centers? The same can be done (and has been done) on college campuses.
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