OUR STRENGTH IS OUR PEOPLE:
KENTUCKY JOBS ACTION PLAN
As Kentucky’s next United States Senator, my number one priority will be putting Kentuckians back to work. Kentucky lost more than 118,000 jobs
at the worst part of the recession, including 35,000 manufacturing jobs and 18,000 construction jobs.
This has dovetailed with a decline in coal-mining employment to the lowest level since mining jobs began to be tallied in 1927.
A grim situation has been further aggravated by a sharp rise in baby boomer retirements and, of course, the reckless government shutdown.For nearly three decades, Senator Mitch McConnell has been in Washington, yet we must ask ourselves whether Kentucky is more economically viable as a result. The answer, resoundingly given as I travel across Kentucky, is “no.” The 2014 U.S. Senate race aords Kentucky an opportunity to self-correct – to take action to place someone in our nation’s capital who actually puts the people of Kentucky – not partisan politics – rst.Mitch McConnell’s Washington has failed Kentucky families. Unemployment remains high, and far too many Kentuckians are looking for work. According to the most recent estimates, our state is running a jobs decit of 87,500,
causing tens of thousands of our families to struggle to make ends meet. The number of children in Kentucky with a parent who had been unemployed for six months or more increased by over 90 percent in 2012,
and more than one in four Kentucky children lives in poverty.
What I recognize, and what Mitch McConnell lost sight of long ago, is that this tragedy – and it is a tragedy – is not a set of numbers. Nor is it about the world in which Mitch McConnell travels – one that is about budgets and hearings, Senate procedure, endless fundraising among big corporate donors, and fruitless boasts about being the “guardian of gridlock.”
Unemployment and under-employment are the heartbreaking stories of real people, tens of thousands of our fellow Kentuckians, good people, hard-working people, unable to support themselves and their families because of devastating circumstances beyond their control. The intolerable jobs picture in Kentucky is one that Mitch McConnell complacently accepts, and one that I wholly reject and will ght every day to improve. Kentuckians deserve a leader who recognizes that the strength of the Commonwealth is our people. I pledge to be that leader.