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Monday, October 22, 2018

Dennis Keene: Why I'm Running for Kentucky House of Representatives (District 67)

By Dennis Keene 

I am running to make Kentucky a better place, for our children and the future of our citizens. We have much work to do on education and economic growth. I have a track record of passing important legislation and delivering infrastructure dollars for our community. We must stop the assault on public education. As a member of House leadership, I have increased my ability to shape legislation and act on behalf of the citizens of my district and the Commonwealth.

My track record in the General Assembly includes millions of dollars for infrastructure and education projects including:

Eliminated the unfair Campbell County “courthouse tax”
Riverfront Commons funding
Southgate roadway repair funding
Water lines funding
Convicted offenders registration legislation
Newport on the Levee tourism development act extension
Campbell County road projects, secured $5.5 million secured 2014-2015 budget
Northern Kentucky University various building projects
Tough DUI legislation; interlock devices
Boys & Girls Club secured contribution from AT&T
Highland Heights: $230,000 for Knollwood Subdivision rebuilding/repaving
Southgate: $170,000 for repaving projects
Silver Grove: $504,652 for city sidewalks and safe school sidewalks
Woodlawn: $200,000 for paving projects
Newport Route 9 connector: $42 million
Newport spot improvements: $1.2 million
Dayton spot improvements: $500,000
Highland Heights spot improvements: $500,000
Sidewalk for south side of Memorial Pkwy: $527,000
Additional funds for improving Taylor Creek culvert extension: $1.8 million
NKU Health Sciences & Innovation Center Building: $92 million
NKU Infomatics building - $56 million

Once again, I have pre-filed legislation to create a drug addiction funding committee that will oversee spending of funds received as a result of pharmaceutical lawsuits. Kentucky’s war on drugs and addiction is a top priority and we can put more funding into treatment by holding opioid manufacturers accountable.

There is much work ahead in order to fix the unintended consequences of the majority’s past rushed legislation on the budget taxes. I will continue to be a strong voice for our schools and teachers.

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