The Commonwealth for the Common Good
Katherine Leonard is a “pragmatic progressive” who believes in tackling transformative issues and bold policies, but she is willing to do the work through incremental improvements if that’s what it takes to succeed. Not one to “let perfect be the enemy of good” she’ll work with her fellow lawmakers to help the people who need it most.
- Repair and modernize state and local roads
- Explore alternative funding for maintenance
- Improve public transportation access
- Invest in mass transit, including Amtrak
- Build out EV charging network
- Repeal anti-union “Right to Work” laws
- Eliminate tipped minimum wage loophole
- Support measures to raise the “floor” for wages, benefits, leave practices, and health & safety measures
- Overhaul Kentucky’s chronically-underfunded unemployment system
- Invest in renewable energy, including solar installations on public buildings
- Continue development of agritech, especially in areas where traditional agriculture is not possible (e.g. former strip mines)
- Explore use of micro-hydro to bring clean energy to rural areas
Everyone Deserves Reproductive Freedom
We do not need to know why a person chooses to end a pregnancy. We do not need to know if that person is a married mother of three whose family cannot afford another child, or a young college student not yet ready to become a parent. We do not need to know if they were a victim of rape or incest, if they used protection which failed, or if the pregnancy was wanted but incompatible with life.
We should not force an ectopic pregnancy to rupture before efforts can be taken to save the mother’s life. We should not prevent someone from seeking medical services for cancer, thyroid disease, an autoimmune disorder, or other illness for which the treatment is incompatible with a healthy pregnancy. We should not force a child to bear a child.
We should not be so cruel. Modern abortion care is safe and effective.
Abortion and contraceptive access are healthcare.
Gay Rights are Human Rights.
Trans Rights are Human Rights.
Black Lives Matter.
For all lives to matter, society must acknowledge the historic and on-going struggles faced by individuals from marginalized groups and promote equitable policies to reduce inequality.