Will T. Scott

Name: Will T. Scott

Office sought: Governor

Will T. Scott – 67 years of age, but still snow ski with my grandchildren and parachute. Also, still train and hunt my bird dogs here in the mountains of eastern Kentucky as well as Alaska in the fall when I have time. We have Facebook and Twitter and my webpage is willtscott.com. I am a Republican and have been since I returned from fighting in Vietnam. I've been an appointed public defender, an assistant Commonwealth Attorney, a Circuit Judge and a Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. I was the Deputy Chief Justice from 2006 to 2010. I have a law degree from the University Of Miami, Fla., as well as a Masters of Law from there in Taxation. Counting my three years in military service, I've spent 17 of my 42-year work life in government and the rest of the time in my practice. I go into government to fix things I see as wrong or poorly done, then I come back home to my life and expect those that follow to keep the systems I fix working right. I don't live on government and never will. My top policy priorities would be to fix the current $34 billion unfunded pension liability by funding it with state revenue we could generate – tax free – by re-capturing the Kentucky gambling money leaving our state for Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia by using five licenses here in Kentucky for our five race tracks, including Kentucky Downs just below Bowling Green. I would let the people of Kentucky vote on it under a constitutional amendment that would dedicate that income stream to our  state pensions and that way if the people approved it, the legislature could never come back and take it for something else and put us right back where we are now, like they did with the lottery money. They can change laws, but not constitutional amendments. It's the only way to go without raising taxes and I won't do that. We also need to fix our education system and if we can ever do it – we need to get the U. S. government out of our state education system. That's the real way to get back to a better education system. Also, we need to retool a good part of our penal system so it can function correctly and help us address our societal addiction problem. And we can do that by relying on more minimum security prisons that are much cheaper and use the savings to put real skills training facilities in them with high schools and colleges along with treatment specialists, such as Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Then, we run them concurrent with our Drug Courts and the 55 percent that fail our Drug Courts go here for as long as it takes to really commit to recovery as a lifestyle, then they go back through Drug Court. This way we can increase our recovery rate to 70% of our participants. The 2nd time failures go back into our medium security system and will live a lot of their lives there, not much else we can do for them except keep them away from our homes and businesses. To understand the magnitude of our problem people need to realize that we had only 2,700 prisoners statewide in 1972 with a population of 3.3 million people. By 2010, our population had only grown 25% to 4.4 million people, yet our prison population had grown to 23,000! Yes, Wow! All the growth is addiction related. But we can solve it with an adjusted system – and we'll be safer by doing it! What qualifies me to say this? Life and my education and experience in the system. You see, I've also experienced the pains of addiction, but I have also lived the joys of recovery. Knowledge matters in all these solutions. We also have to take care of all the veterans that have kept us safe these last 25 years. We slept safely because they were fighting or on guard on foreign shores. They need our help now and we cannot say no. We have to continue to be a veteran friendly government and under my administration, we will be! I am not for making statewide right to work an issue in this campaign. We can't pass it anyway, so why run on something you can't do. It just deceases our voter base and lessens our chances of winning in the fall. Remember, Ronald Reagan won with Republican and conservative Democrat union members who believe as we do on traditional family issues. Right to work issues drive them away. However, I'm fine with Judge Buchanan's local option plan for the counties that want it as that represents real representative government and every one has a say. If the people of a county don't like what their local representatives do, they can kick them out next time and change it. That's called real local freedom. Of course, we have to wait and see what the federal courts have to say about our Home Rule statute. But when you look at the Golden Triangle, you have to realize they have the best economy and the highest per capita income levels in the state, yet they also have the highest union membership and jobs. That's why some would want it and others wouldn't. On the health care issue, we don't need KyConnect anymore. It'll be much cheaper to use the federal exchange and of course, we can transfer our info to them and save money by doing it. As to Obamacare, that issue will be resolved at the federal level these next two years – nothing any Kentucky governor can do about that. It's now a federal question.

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