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    Charles "Buddy" Wheatley

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

What steps should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?

What is the best way we can balance public health with the economic needs in our state?

What specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?

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

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The most important challenge facing Kentucky is a lack of funding to deal with the state's public education system, health care disparities, pension obligations, infrastructure modernization, criminal justice system, and economic development. To increase revenues, the General Assembly should: 1. Create a more fair tax system that puts more dollars into the pockets of people who will recirculate those dollars. 2. Eliminate current tax breaks to those entities that do not demonstrate measurable benefits to our economy. 3. Expand gaming and entertainment options. 4. Create a medical marijuana program that generates jobs and better health outcomes. 5. Become committed to fully funding our public education system, K-12 and post-secondary.
Steps to curb gun violence should include: 1. A firearms weapons registration program that ensures gun ownership integrity and keeps firearms from mentally and emotionally unstable individuals. 2. Teach firearms safety in schools. 3. Make it easier to turn in a gun, and easier to report gun violence. 4. Develop emergency gun safety programs in "hotspots" where gun violence erupts.
We can better balance public health with our state's economic needs when we pursue policies that helps create a healthier, happier Commonwealth. Our public health system needs to focus on foundational public health priorities like: population health, regulation enforcement, emergency preparedness and response, communicable disease control, and keeping a working administrative and organizational infrastructure. Kentucky's poor health outcomes directly affects our worker participation rate, which in turn, drags down economic output. Healthier, happier communities are worth the investment.
Steps to address inequalities facing Kentucky women include: 1. Equal pay in the workplace. 2. Paid childcare leave for companies with larger than 50 employees. 3. Seek out and eliminate hidden barriers to all professions, especially those professions formally dominated by men. 4. Maintain reproductive and privacy rights for women. 5. Incentivize women-owned businesses.
I strongly endorse the following measures to promote voting and election in Kentucky: 1. Early in-person voting. 2. Automatic motor-voter registration. 3. Expanded voting hours on Election Day. 4. Better communications of changes to polling places. 5. Expand voting rights to former felons who have served their time for non-violent, non-sex offense violations. 6. Allow no excuse absentee ballots to be cast. 7. Permit family members to be able to apply for an absentee ballot in the case of a medical emergency.