Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has been in office 35 years and has the seniority to address these problems, doesn’t have the answers. Despite his role as majority leader, much of the Kentucky economy—and the infrastructure it depends on—has long been ignored. We have a senator who says “no” to everything Kentuckians need. Sen. McConnell voted against raising the minimum wage at least 20 times while voting to raise his own taxpayer-funded salary six times. To top it off, he passed a tax bill that featured massive giveaways to the wealthy and large corporations—giveaways that will increase taxes on 53 percent of Americans by 2027, according to the Tax Policy Center.
That is inexcusable.
Here in Kentucky, we need empathic, clear-eyed leaders who are willing to make the hard choices to better serve the great people of this state—people known for their hard work, their energy, and their drive. We need leaders who know how to say “yes” to making Kentucky strong for all Kentuckians—not just the rich and powerful. We need leaders who say “yes” to raising the minimum wage, “yes” to investing in underserved communities, and “yes” to funding for badly-needed infrastructure improvements. I will be that kind of senator.
For Amy’s plan to rebuild Kentucky’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and invest in its future, please visit her Mission: Rebuilding Kentucky Plan.