Daniel Grossberg | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Daniel Grossberg

District/Office: 
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?
 

I envision a more equitable and prosperous Commonwealth where everyone has access to quality and affordable education, healthcare, and a job; a place where everyone is free to live to their full potential, free from fear of want or harm. I will be a bold progressive leader in advocating for economic, social, and environmental justice

Question 2: 
Even after Governor Beshear's December 2019 executive order, over 170,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past are still ineligible to vote. Do you support a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to all Kentuckians with felonies in their past once they've served their time, probation, and parole? Please explain.

Yes

Question 3: 

What is your view on modernizing state election laws? Specifically, do you support allowing early voting, mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration, extended hours at polling locations, offering ballots in multiple languages, and other election reforms? Do you support legislation requiring that Kentucky voters present a photo ID on election day even though many Kentuckians do not have that kind of ID? Why or why not?

I support all of the reforms listed above, as well as automatic voter registration at time of driver's licensing. I wholeheartedly oppose the back-door poll tax of mandating photo ID without a legitimate reason, because it disenfranchises poor people, the elderly, and people of color.

Question 4: 

Kentucky has a tax code that does not raise enough revenue to meet the Commonwealth’s budgetary needs – a problem that was made worse by the legislature's tax shift of 2018. After years of budget cuts, the funding for pensions, public education, infrastructure, and other essential programs have reached dangerous levels of disinvestment. How would you work to create a more equitable state tax structure – where everyone pays their fair share – that raises adequate revenue, fights poverty, and invests in Kentucky’s under-resourced communities and the services we all need?

First, we need to start closing these corporate tax-giveaways that exempt more in taxes than they collect. Next, we need to find new sources of revenue like legalized cannabis and expanded gaming. Finally, by investing more in education, job training, and infrastructure, we will only grow our tax base.

Question 5: 

Many Kentucky’s local governments have a policy that people will not be questioned about immigration status by local authorities, and that local police will only assist federal agents in enforcing immigration laws when there is a warrant signed by a judge or a risk of violence. What is your view of these types of policies and what would you do to expand support and resources toward our immigrant population, undocumented or otherwise?

As the grandchild of refugee immigrants, I take these issues seriously. "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." (Lev 19:33-34)

This belief is deeply rooted in the Constitution. The 14th Amendment mandates that states provide equal protection to all persons "within its jurisdiction". There is deliberately no mention of citizenship when the 15th Amendment, written at the same time, includes it. Therefore, any efforts to deprive immigrants of equal protection, regardless of status, are as unconstitutional as they are ungodly.

As a State Representative, I will fight vociferously and passionately for the rights of all immigrants and provide them the resources necessary to assimilate into the American fabric.

Question 6: 

Is acting to address the climate crisis a priority for you? What policies do you support 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? And what policies would you support to ensure that all Kentuckians have clean air and water, no matter the color of our skin, income, or zip code?

I believe there is no distinction between economic, social, and environmental justice. There is just "justice" and all all of these issues are deeply intertwined. I support a comprehensive approach to addressing the climate crisis, as well as a codified right to clean air and water.

Question 7: 

What is the role of the Kentucky legislature 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 state? Please identify at least two policy initiatives you would propose while in office to address racial and systemic inequalities.

It is actively, not just passively, the duty of the state to address hatred and discrimination. Therefore, I look forward to sponsoring KY's first hate crime legislation, as well as a statewide Fairness law.Did not respond.

Question 8: 

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? 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?

Yes, I am fully committed. With proper investment in education, job training, and drug treatment, we can greatly alleviate the social illness, as well as the burden of mass incarceration on the Commonwealth. I believe these resources should be most dedicated to communities of color.

Question 9: 

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

Yes. And I also wholeheartedly support a ban on so-called "conversion therapy".

Question 10: 

Nearly 400,000 low-income Kentuckians qualified for health care – including vision, dental and mental health – for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. But there are major challenges here in Kentucky. The Bevin administration failed to respond to Kentucky’s Hepatitis A outbreak, local health departments are underfunded and are slated to lose about a third of their workers, and the legislature has recently passed a bill restricting access to reproductive health. The legislature has a role in getting Kentucky on track for better health. What would you to build on the progress of Medicaid expansion and to ensure that all Kentuckians have access to quality, affordable health care?

Answer 10: 

Honestly, I hope this is moot when we have a new President who successfully addresses this issue on a national level. Barring that, I would have KY avail itself to every benefit afforded by the ACA (vision, dental, and mental health), and would also fight to control prescription drug prices and expand access to nursing home and rehabilitation services.