Investing in education is a top priority for Carolyn. In recent years, elected officials in Frankfort have seen fit to cut spending from education. Carolyn understands the importance of our public schools and how they benefit every Kentuckian.
Education improves the quality of life for everyone. A well-educated citizenry provides skilled people to meet the needs of the community. The child you help educate today is the nurse or doctor who will take care of you in 20 years. She is the researcher who will tackle and solve an important social problem; he is the business leader who will market a technology that may save the life of your grandchild. These young people are our future job creators and lifesavers.
A good educational system, from early childhood through college and vocational training, is an important foundation of our community and democracy. As a professional educator, Carolyn possesses invaluable insight into the needs of our education system. She will lead and advocate for Kentucky schools.
Our state’s failure to support education has displayed itself most recently in the pension crisis and the rhetoric surrounding this issue. Our longtime legislative members have chosen to break their promise to teachers for many years. We teach our children to respect their teachers. It’s time we told our elected officials to do the same. Our teachers are dedicated professionals, and they deserve a Kentucky that cares about their future--just as these valuable educators care about our children’s future.
Teachers are not alone in this crisis. Our first responders have also been short changed. Those who risk their lives to save ours deserve to know they can count on us. Our state workers have suffered as well. Those who work in the public sector work for the people of Kentucky. They deserve state lawmakers who will keep their promises. As citizens, it’s our job to send home for good those legislators who have refused to stand up for our teachers, first responders, and state employees.
The opioid crisis takes a huge toll on our Kentucky communities. As one of the states hit hardest by this tragedy, we lost more than 1400 Kentuckians last year to overdoses. The crisis cuts across gender, race, and class lines. In our district, this problem touches each of us.
The opioid epidemic devastates families, hurts our local economies, decimates our workforce, drives away potential incoming industry, overcrowds our jails, strains the capacities of law enforcement and first responders, and burdens our mental health institutions. Big Pharma companies have flooded our communities with these drugs, while contributing to the campaigns of our elected officials. Our communities need and deserve a multi-facet approach to solving this problem. We must invest in mental health centers and services, and we should offer rehabilitation and treatment over prison for low-level and nonviolent drug offenses. All first responders should have access to naloxone, a drug that can prevent opioid overdoses from becoming fatal. Kentuckians should feel confident that our lawmakers in Frankfort are putting our needs before their special interest campaign contributors.