Ike Lawrence | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Ike Lawrence

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Question 1: 

What’s your vision for Kentucky? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you’re elected?

Gov Bevin has chased two companies that never broke ground in Pikeville and Greenup Co.(Ashland). He also went to India for the federal gov't, not the state of Kentucky.  Meanwhile, I was stopping the foolishness of moving out of debt free gov't buildings and tearing down a perfectly good bridge next to Rupp Arena. 

My vision is to address the Kentucky Uglies and Kentuckian's Kitchen Table Issues. They are diabetes, obesity, heart disease, all cancers, ‎dental, car accidents, etc. These Uglies have taken a back seat to pension and opiod headlines these past four years. 

Entrepreneurs and small business startups are the 'bird-in-the-hand' that always beats an outside company's false promises of 'two-in the-bush'.

Question 2: 

If you are elected Governor, what steps will you take to encourage transparency, media access and meaningful public participation in decisions made by state government?

The internet, digital media, cameras on phones, and all the latest wireless technology have made local, state and federal gov't a thousand times more transparent and accessible than our parent's generation. We can't get more transparent than now.

Question 3: 

Do you believe that we have an obligation and opportunity to act on climate change? What actions would you take to ensure that solutions, such as clean energy jobs and reducing high energy bills, benefit all Kentuckians, including low-income communities, communities of color, and those who are most impacted by the changing climate?

I do not feel state gov't has an obligation to act on climate change as Man cannot control the weather or climate. We can lower energy bills across the board by conservation in home, business and inviting energy competition and alternatives into our great state.

Question 4: 

Do you support a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to tens of thousands of Kentuckians with felonies in their past who have completed their full sentence? If the state legislature remains locked on this issue, would you use executive power to restore voting rights to all Kentuckians with felonies in their past who are currently restricted from voting? Please explain.

'Completion of their full sentence' is a debate of definition. If one is out on parole or probation for good behavior after 7 years but still has 13 years until their sentence is finished, then I am for restoration after the full sentence has ended. I would not use executive power to restore voting rights. Ex-cons are restricted from voting because of their abhorrent behavior, not the victims. If one likes the vote, which they obviously don't care about in order to commit a serious crime, then don't commit the crime.  If the victim can't vote, why should the criminal?

Question 5: 

Will you protect or even expand access to Medicaid for the nearly 400,000 low-income Kentuckians who qualified for health care – including vision, dental and mental health – for the first time under the Affordable Care Act? What is your view of the current administration’s efforts to limit access to Medicaid, including new co-pay requirements, restrictions on vision and dental coverage and work requirements?

I am for a higher co-pay instead of ‎work requirements for all recipients, most of whom are exempt from work requirements under the qualified exemptions. Any savings by a few working/ volunteering would be eaten up by the bureaucracy of more gov't oversight. Gov't and private health insurance works well when all parties have some skin in the game on costs.

Question 6: 

What is the Governor’s role in opposing white supremacy, addressing racial inequality and supporting racial justice for black people, Latinx people, immigrants, those who are undocumented, and all people of color in Kentucky? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose as Governor to address racial and systemic inequalities.

I oppose any and all supremacy and hate groups. Two initiatives I would encourage is getting the father back in the home and ending welfare after 5 years or a sum of 60 months, like president Clinton initiated. Lack of father in the home and out of wedlock single parenthood is the number one reason for poverty in the US.

Question 7: 

Kentucky has a tax code that does not raise enough revenue to meet the Commonwealth’s budgetary needs. After years of budget cuts, public education, infrastructure, state worker pensions and other essential programs have reached dangerous levels of disinvestment. What solutions would you support to raise the necessary revenue for the public investments Kentuckians need and deserve?

Indiana and Tennesse are kicking our butt because one state has no state sales tax and the other state does not have burgeoning pension obligations strangling its budget. ‎I would raise net revenue by cutting out waste, fraud, fat and high salaries of top end officials. Getting a handle on our finances without raising more taxes will invite citizens and businesses of other states to move to our UnCommonwealth of Kentucky.

Question 8: 

Do you support Kentucky’s public workers having a quality public pension? What do you consider to be a quality public pension?

I support fair pensions, not overpromised pensions. Underfunding is due to added benefits made retroactive to the original contract, I hear. We are the 7th highest in salaries to teachers and one of the top five in liability to current retirees. If there are only three solutions, and one has been rejected on procedural grounds, then what is the solution by the teachers? If teachers have none, then we are on a collision course toward insolvency, which nobody wants.

Question 9: 

What will you do to support LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer) Kentuckians? What will you do to protect people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

I support all Kentuckians, regardless of their -hyphen before their title. I am very active In the Greater Lexington Apt Association and the National Apartment Association that brings fair, safe and affordable housing to Kentucky towns.

Question 10: 

Kentucky has the ninth highest incarceration rate in the nation, is second in the nation for incarcerating women, and has the second highest rate in the country of children separated from a parent due to incarceration. In addition, black Kentuckians makeup 8.3% of the state population but 21% of the state’s incarcerated population. Are you committed to ending mass incarceration in Kentucky? If elected, what will you do to make strides toward ending mass incarceration?

There is no such thing as mass incarceration. The masses are not incarcerated. It is individuals who commit crimes, not the masses. I am committed to getting more fathers back in their homes so that the stronger family unit can keep their children from doing wrong.

Go to ilikeikeforgovernor.com to read my vision for Kentucky and my 40-year resume in the private and community sector.