Jimmy Ausbrooks | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Jimmy Ausbrooks

Political party: 
Democrat
Incumbent: 
No
Question 1: 

What’s your vision for Kentucky? How will the lives of Kentuckians be improved as a result of your time in office?

Provide equal opportunity for education and training to meet the needs of this expanding transition from fossil fuels and insure miners of employment and wages.

I would like to see true representation by our leadership, expanding equality, human rights, and social justice across the Common Wealth. We will secure living wages for our hardworking families and every single Kentuckian.

I want healthcare coverage with affordable prescriptions so Kentucky families do not have to worry about putting food on the table or buying insulin. I want to see lives saved by responsible and affordable healthcare. I want to mandate changes for pharmaceutical companies. They no longer should be allowed to continue putting profits over the lives of Kentucky families.

I see our family farms being supported and provided opportunities for growth and sustainability. Securing high yields and unprecedented prices by protecting farmers in Trade Deals that benefit our farmers and their families. Generation family farms that are working hard and doing the right thing should never face bankruptcy because of failed leadership in Washington, D.C.

I will see Kentucky recognized as a progressive and profitable state when I am elected to the United States Senate. I will bring Kentucky into the 21st Century by providing and engaging in opportunities for Kentucky to be the leader in Green/Renewable Energy. Kentucky will have living wages that will restore integrity and pride and not continued poverty. Every man, women and child will opportunity for a free education and training,they will no longer fear for the lives of their children from gun violence, women will have the right to govern their own body and reproductive choices, the LGBTQ community will have equal protection under the law, we will have an action plan to address climate change so Kentucky's children have a future, and so much more. I do not see any limit of what Kentucky can become with cooperation, new leadership, and opportunity.

Question 2: 

How would you create a more equitable federal tax structure – where everyone pays their fair share – that raises adequate revenue, fights poverty,  and invests in under-resourced communities and the services we all need?

The first thing I would do is repeal the Trump's Tax Cuts for the Wealthy 1% and corporations. Companies like Amazon that reported over $10 Billion in profits and somehow did not pay a dime in taxes has to stop.

I would look at a defined tax structure that insures families making less than $55,000 a tax credit and a 7% federal tax rate for families making less than $100,000. I would also favor a flat tax rate for families making over $100,000 a year. I would also demand a fixed federal tax rate for corporations making over $500,000 a year, I do not want to increase the burden small business, but I do want major corporations to pay their share. I would remove loopholes and unwarranted tax credits for major corporations and the elites. I would increase the minim wage, this is imperative to working families. The increase in wages will drive additional tax revenues. I would seek a 0% tax for individuals and families making less that $25,000 to aid in decreasing poverty.

I will advocate for additional federal resources to expand rural community agencies by offering grants and incentives for economic growth and development. The better our citizens are doing, the better our country will be.

Question 3: 

What would you do to make sure that every Kentuckian has quality, affordable health care? What are your top health policy priorities, and what approaches to health care coverage do you support? Do you support Medicare For All?

I will support the best healthcare program that meets the needs of Kentucky families. I do not care if it is called Medicare For All, Medicare For All That Want It, or the expansion of Obama Care. I am going to fight for Healthcare For All. I am committed to no individual being denied healthcare because of cost or any pre-existing conditions. Healthcare should never again be viewed as a privilege, but rather as the human right it is. I will demand that any healthcare program also include expanding of mental health care services and substance abuse treatment, and in addition, a truly affordable if not free prescription care program. No longer will pharmaceutical companies profit off the lives of hard working Americans and their families. Life is to precious, no amount of profits should ever be valued higher than a human life.

Question 4: 

Do you support comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for young people and adults? What are your plans to expand support and resources for immigrants and refugees, undocumented or otherwise?

I recognize we need comprehensive immigration reform. We are a nation of immigrants. I am proud of my long family history in America, but I recognize we came here as immigrants too.

I would immediately get children out of cages at our boarders and reunited them with their family. No human being deserves to be treated like an animal, no family should be separated, and especial children separated from their parents when they are looking for a better way of life and a safer living situation for their families. The need to trek across countries or find passage across continents demonstrate both commitment and need. We need to offer these individuals and families mental healthcare services and medial care at our boarders. I will support Dreamers receiving citizenship. Not just a pathway, but actually provide them with citizenship. I recognize that we will have a task before us in having comprehensive immigration reforms, but with diligence and stewardship we can and will address immigration. We have to also recognize that we are going to have to demonstrate change to make any attempt of build back and obtaining the trust of illegal immigrants, refugees and undocumented workers in our country. We need to demonstrate a welcoming and inclusive stance on immigration.

We are America, the land of promise across the globe and we need to restore the faith and assurance that America is the greatest country on earth. We will have to work with state leadership to avoid exclusion and we need welcoming sanctuary states and cities.

Question 5: 

Is dealing with the climate crisis a high priority for you, and if so, do you support federal legislation for a Green New Deal? How would you ensure that solutions to the climate crisis benefit all Kentuckians – no matter the color of our skin, income, immigration status, or zip code?

Climate Change is real and climate change has to be a priority. We have a limited opportunity to redirect this crisis. This crisis is not just a crisis bases on your skin, social economic status, or zip code. This crisis is blind to prejudices and is not bias. We are all impacted by climate crisis, farmers, families, etc.

I do not only support a Green New Deal, but I want to engage Kentucky in being a center for Green/Renewable energy jobs, technology, and educational opportunities. We have an opportunity to educate, train and bring innovation to Kentucky. We should bring the Kentucky fossil fuel industry leadership to the table, they should utilize their resources to aid in developing technology and sustainable jobs. Together, through collaboration and commitment we can find solutions, aid in transition, and provide valuable opportunities to hardworking men and women in Kentucky. We need to save the planet and our Kentucky. Generations to come need to be able to enjoy rural Kentucky. We have some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. I want generations to come have the opportunity to witness a green meadow with wildflowers in Simpson County, a stag walking across a field early in morning in Pike County, horses grazing on a hill in Fayette County, a sunrise in Clay County as it tops the mountains, or sunset in Calloway County.

Addressing climate change is vital. I know I want our children to prosper and live the best lives they can in a world that is often lost. Together is the only way we can secure our future and the future of generations to come.

Question 6: 

What is the role of the U.S. Congress in opposing white supremacy, addressing racial inequality and supporting racial justice for Black people, Indigenous people, Latinx people, immigrants, those who are undocumented, and all people of color in our country? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities.

The role of the U.S. Congress is to serve the people and protect the constitution of the United States. I accept their is a imperfect and sometimes bias world we live in, but I hold true to basic fundamental rights of equality. I believe all men are created equal, our constitutions states that, but it has been hundreds of years in the making and we have not yet perfected it.

As a member of the U.S. Congress I would have to accept that Freedom of Speech is a fundamental right and it will take diligence and fortitude to overcome injustices and inequality that has played out on the stage of life for centuries. We have to strive and work tirelessly to oppose discrimination and inequality.

I feel that it is imperative that we bring education to the forefront of addressing racial inequality, negative stereotypes of people of color, and indigenous people, and immigrants. Education is key, openly expressing hate is usually more about fear, insecurities and a lack of knowledge. Encouraging inclusion and opportunity for engagement is beneficial.

I would initiate an Educational Inclusion Act, this policy that is directed at and for every public school and every private school if I could, be required to have multiculturalism studies as a part of all K-12 educational programs.

The Second policy initiative I would advocate for would have the purpose of addressing racial and systemic inequalities, the Rights Inclusion Act. This policy would protect and require inclusion of persons of color, indigenous people, and immigrants in all public places and institutions, insuring equality and the basic human rights for all individuals absent of color, indigenous and immigration status. Guaranteeing they could not be discriminated against based on their color, creed,origin, or race. Any violation would be a federal crime and sever personalities under the law.

These two initiatives are theory, they are proposed solutions. The truth is, no matter the role of U.S. Congress, the President, or a Supreme Court Justice; if "We the people" are not committed to change, nothing will change. When we hear or see injustice or inequality we have to stand up and address it. We have to say it is not OK. Until we agree to stand united there will be no law, no punishment, etc. that will ever stop injustice and inequality, it always resurfaces. So, leading by example is sometimes the best tool to defeating white supremacy, racial inequality and social injustice of all people.

Question 7: 

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 make up 8.3 percent of the state population but 21 percent of the state’s incarcerated population. Are you committed to ending mass incarceration in Kentucky and in the United States as a whole? Why or why not? If elected, what will you do to make strides toward ending mass incarceration and reinvesting resources into the communities most impacted by this system?

Currently I am in support of Kentucky House Bill 221. It would be an initiative to decrease incarceration for non-violent offensives. I would advocate to shut down for profit prisons. Once these for profit prisons are closed we will see a drastic decrease in incarceration. When prisoners are no longer profitable we will have a real opportunity for change, treatment, and education.

The legalization of marijuana could also decrease the incarceration rates, while bringing in vital revenues into the state. Legalization of marijuana could provide viable and legal employment/entrepreneurial opportunities.

As a professional counselor, I understand that prison has been an unethical means to imprison those that need both mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment, not incarceration.

I believe in opportunities not limitations. I recognize the injustices of our current criminal system. I recognize the bias and conservative attitude within Kentucky especially in some rural areas and pledge to bring more inclusive educational programs to both urban and rural communities through federal grants and incentives.

Question 8: 

Do you support restoring voting rights to Kentuckians with felonies in their past? Specifically, do you support the Democracy Restoration Act to restore voting rights to people upon release from prison for purposes of voting in federal elections? Do you support restoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act to ensure strong federal oversight of state and local governments with a history of voter suppression aimed at communities of color? Please explain.

Every American deserves the right to vote, it is a constitutional right. No person should be denies the right to vote. We should not now nor ever muffle or silence a citizens voice by denying them of their vote. I completely support the Democracy Restoration Act. The reason I fee that all citizen should have the right to vote is because our founding fathers were all criminals in the eye of their government, the English King. They stood together, revolted, and created a country founded on freedom. One such freedom was the right to vote, hold open and fair elections, and providing opportunity to collectively make changes as need arises. We no longer have to live under tyranny or a tyrant.

"The bill declares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence" Each American citizen deserve their right to vote and not suppression.

Question 9: 

Do you support proposed Just Transition bills in Congress to take care of coal miners and communities by investing in abandoned mine land reclamation (H.R. 2156 and H.R. 4248) and extending current funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund for another 10 years (H.R. 3876 and S.3171)? Why or why not?

I support Kentuckians, and the Just Transition bills, it demonstrates potential opportunities/options and considerations for a lingering problem for both Kentucky and millions and hardworking individual's lives and the lives of their families.

We have to recognize the plight of miners and seek compensation and security. The Black Long Disability Trust Fund should in equivalently be extended. These miners did their jobs in good faith and the threat of harm should have been address well in advance and the government and mines/ mine owners are responsible for the illnesses and deaths. The miners and their families deserve compensation.

Question 10: 

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?

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I would be Kentucky's first openly gay United States Senator, first openly gay elected Federal official and be the best preson to advocate and demonstrate the need for protection from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, fostering/foster to adoption, and many other imperative issues facing the LGBTQ community. I will demand consideration on the Senate floor the the Equality Act. I will advocate for LGBTQ education in public schools, I will support and advocate for LGBTQ youth, be an effective and positive role model to other LGBTQ individuals and break the stigma associated with being LGBTQ. I will join two other positive role modes currently serving in the United States Senate. I will be a strong advocate.