While I traditionally use my legislative updates to share with you what we are doing in Frankfort, I would like to use this one to seek your opinion on some of the issues facing our Commonwealth. Below is my 2023 Regular Session Legislative Questionnaire, which I hope you will take a few moments to complete. Please understand that I am not endorsing any of these proposals. Instead, the questions are based on pre-filed bills and other proposals being discussed. By sharing your opinions on these issues, you will help me better represent our district.

I hope you will take a few moments and complete this questionnaire and mail it to my Frankfort office at 702 Capital Avenue, Annex Room 316, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 or email it to me at James.Tipton@lrc.ky.gov.

1. During the 2022 Regular Session, lawmakers passed a tax reform measure (HB 8) that will cause the state individual income tax to decrease incrementally until it is eliminated entirely. How important is lowering taxes to you?

____ Very Important

____ Important

____ Not Important

____ Undecided

2. Please rate how concerned you are that your family will experience hardship because of the recession?

____ Very Concerned

____ Somewhat Concerned

____ Not Concerned

3. Do you support legislation that sets additional work requirements for people receiving public assistance through welfare programs?

____ Yes

____ No

____ Undecided

4. Do you support increasing childcare assistance for parents who want to enter the workforce, even if it means cutting benefits for those who choose not to work?

____ Yes

____ No

____ Undecided

5. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 43% of Kentuckians who should be working are not. What do you believe is the number one barrier to entering the workforce?

____ Desire to Work

____ Education

____ Substance Abuse

____ Transportation

____ Child Care

____ Vaccine Mandates

____ Fear of Losing Government Benefits

____ Other (Please list) _______________________________________________________

6. The budget legislators passed in January includes more than $4.5 billion a year in funding for K-12 education in Kentucky public schools and school districts have the ability to raise revenue locally. Do you believe school districts are adequately funded by the state?

____ Yes

____ No

____ Undecided

7. Would you support an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution which would allow state vouchers to

pay for the public or private school of a parent’s choice?

____ Yes

____ No

____ Undecided

8. What are you most concerned about? Please rank the following with 1 being your greatest concern.

____ Rising Cost of Living

____ Jobs

____ Crime

____ Education

____ Mental Health

____ COVID-19

____ Substance Abuse

____ Child Abuse

____ Other _______________________________________________________

9. Do you believe Kentucky should automatically restore the voting rights of convicted felons once they complete their sentences?

____ Yes

____ No

____ Undecided

10. How would you describe the condition of roads and bridges in our area?

____ Poor

____ Fair

____ Good

____ Excellent

As always, I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions or issues. I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. Please feel free to email me at James.Tipton@LRC.KY.GOV. If you would like more information about the legislature, you can visit the Legislative Research Commission website at legislature.ky.gov.