Positions

Pensions

Gay has been fighting for public employee pensions. She believes the state needs to look into other revenue sources to not only fund pensions but education, healthcare and clean energy. She will continue to work to make sure that the state keeps its promise to valued state workers, and that the defined benefit structure remains in place for new hires, as well.

Finding New Revenue

I support finding new revenue instead of imposing more regressive taxes on teachers, students and public sector employees. This includes service tax, cigarette and soda tax, expanded gaming, cannabis and closing corporate tax loopholes that do not generate a benefit to our citizens or no longer contribute to economic development. Let’s explore these options that have worked in other states.

Working Families

Gay is a staunch defender of issues protecting working families, and have a proven track record of standing up for public sector employees, organized labor. She has not only spoken at union rallies on behalf of pensioners, she has organized rallies and stood shoulder to shoulder fighting for rights of union members at dozens of events over the years. Not as a union member, but as a parent, taxpayer and citizen who values the services these workers provide to her community, and wants them to be treated fairly.

Gay fights for:

  • the right of public and all employees to collectively bargain and I am 100% against the so-called right-to-work legislation
  • re-instituting Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage Law
  • a living wage not just a minimum wage
  • healthcare for all
  • fully funded pensions, and new revenue — not new sales taxes — to pay for them

Gay has received endorsements from members of practically every local union, and a unanimous endorsement from the members of Communications Workers of America Local 3310.

Social Justice

Public schools serve everyone, so you can’t address issues affecting our public schools without addressing the social and racial justice issues that plague our students’ families — especially our gap kids and their families. Gay continues to challenge the status quo and have difficult conversations that focus on addressing issues at the source, instead of band-aid solutions or “feel-good” activism. She uses her voice in her community to affect positive change, and will do the same in Frankfort.

Gay has received endorsements from KFTC’s PAC, New Power, as well as Fairness Campaign’s PAC, C-FAIR.