Current Issues In Government

Creating Job Growth and Upward Mobility for a More Prosperous Kentucky is Linked to Education and Supporting Small Businesses

It all starts with improving our education system by utilizing new technology in the classroom and freeing up teachers from bureaucratic inspired reports full of duplication. From protection of the KEES scholarships to reforming education, a higher priority must remain on learning and access to opportunity. Case in point: the high school drop out age was 16 years old. It took 10 years of fighting the ultra conservative status quo leaders to get this changed to 18 years old. This was a #1 priority by business and education experts but they stopped it every year until finally we won!

More than 75% of the people in prison drop out of school early. Less education simply does not work. Riggs will continue to fight alongside Kentucky Democrats to battle Governor Bevin on this issue from turning the clock back.

In addition, education must use new technology to improve learning in the classroom.  These are investments in our future we must fully fund.  Teachers must be given more time teach and less time spent on bureaucratic inspired forms and reports. 

The Guardian of Small Business (NFIB) awarded Rep. Steve Riggs its "A" rating with a 100%  voting record. Small business creates the big majority of new jobs in Kentucky and Steve's own business instincts and experience help in this regard. With Riggs' help, Kentucky's economy has grown in recent years.

Making Tough Decisions about Budgets for a Smarter, More Progressive Kentucky

 

Riggs fixed problems and made practical solutions by collaborating with colleauges on both sides of the aisle.  He continuously sponsored legislation to be more fiscally prudent and save taxpayers their hard-earned money. Protecting the basic classroom funding formula to invest in  education remained a strict priority for Riggs, especially as other states slashed education. Our work to identify better methods to make our programs more cost-effective and attract job growth was paramount. Kentucky moved up 12 spots on Forbes list of best places to do business. Additionally, Site Selection magazine rated Kentucky as a top state for growing a business.

As a former public servant, we kept our commitment to public safety employees and teachers, we enacted stricter pension policies, such as reducing our costs for new employees, eliminating pension double-dipping and mandating appropriate expertise for those making investment decisions. And finally, if the schedule of payments the bill created is followed, it will put our system back on sound financial footing. Public pension challenges are being addressed without being immoral to our current employees. Responsibility to the common good must remain paramount.

Pragmitism, not Rigid Ideology

Working across party lines, finding common ground, and promoting ideas that work to benefit our state's citizens must be our master blueprint. The authoritorians and political bullies like to brag, grab news headlines, and appear on talk radio shows, but they accomplish little other than dividing us and promoting themselves. Good leadership isn't about about being hard-headed and egotistical - it is about being pragmatic, respectful, and listening for pragmatic solutions.

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