Policy & Advocacy

2021 Legislative Priorities

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KAM - Working for Manufacturers in Frankfort and Washington D.C.


All of Kentucky’s manufacturing community receives the benefits of KAM’s ongoing advocacy efforts to protect and create a manufacturing-friendly environment in the Commonwealth whether they are currently KAM members or not. KAM strives every day to advocate for the development of public policies that effectively remove the economic uncertainty from the following focus areas and thereby create an environment for business growth and prosperity in the Commonwealth:

  • Healthcare reform that increases costs, reduces quality and delays delivery of services;
  • Energy policies which drive-up costs, create tax increases and cause the loss of jobs at a time when we need them most;
  • Taxes & fees that are unfair, out of balance and counter-productive;
  • Unreasonable government regulations which hinder business growth;
  • Inefficient government that wastes our precious human and financial resources;
  • Ineffective trade policies which reduces business opportunities; and
  • Lack of a highly skilled workforce to produce globally competitive products.

Our Advocacy Team

Rachel Phelps Bayens

Rachel Phelps Bayens has more than a decade of experience as a government relations…

Carl Breeding

Carl Breeding serves as General Counsel to the KAM board of directors and is…

Rusty Cress

Rusty Cress serves as Executive Director of the KAM Chemical Industry Council and is…

Prentice Harvey

Prentice Harvey, a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University…

Mike Helton

Mike Helton is a former Governor’s office Chief Executive Officer with extensive administrative experience…

Jena Scott

Jena Scott has a diverse professional background with experience in communications, public policy, and…

Dustin Miller

Dustin Miller began his career in Frankfort handling Government and Media Relation for State…

Kelly Shasky

Kelly Shasky, Consultant, Government & Public Relations, provides a full range of services to…

Mike Shea

Mike Shea served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate President and the Senate…

Austin Wicker

Austin serves as a lobbyist. He tracks legislative and regulatory activities for the firm…