Issues and Solutions
Move West Virginia into Tomorrow.
Health Care is a Right
Healthcare is a top priority for me. Medical expenses are at a crisis level for the entire country, especially right here. West Virginia has the second highest healthcare costs per capita in the country. All West Virginians should be able to access good health care. Period. The state needs to use its clout to lower costs by enforcing healthcare price transparency. Bringing down the cost of medications is one way to save our citizens billions of dollars a year. The extremely high cost of healthcare is forcing many to forego the preventative medicine that they need, and keeping others from having the disposable income that could instead be spent at local businesses to drive the economy. I will work to make it so every person in the state has access to affordable healthcare. After all, if West Virginians can stay healthy and safe, this drives them to stay here and thrive in Tomorrow's West Virginia.
Safe Air and Water is a Right
West Virginia, for years, has seen the decline of the coal that has brought us light, brought us jobs, and brought us a lifestyle. While out of state companies pillage our land and leave it and our natives behind, I wish to see a future for us. We must diversify the energy we produce. Natural gas is booming and prices have dropped below that of coal. Furthermore, solar and wind energy have exploded in popularity and attainability. I believe in renewable energy and the potential for industries like solar power to bring thousands of jobs to the region. I am also in favor of taking care of our coal miners as we have promised to provide health insurance and to retrain those wanting to move into other areas of employment. Keeping West Virginians in work today will keep them here contributing in Tomorrow's West Virginia.
Education is a Right
For years, West Virginia teachers have been left in last place, causing our students to be left in last place. Students deserve the right to an education, no matter their background. Inequality isn’t just about wealth; it’s about pain. Like first responders, child care workers, and public defenders… teachers and school service personnel bear more than their fair share of our state’s pain. It takes a toll on them too. I will push to ensure that our teachers are treated equally. They're human too, why should we treat them as anything else? I will never cross a picket line or go against the words of teachers. After all, they know what their kids need. A competitive salary and benefits package are as essential as teachers are themselves. This will keep them in the state with us and grow bright minds for Tomorrow's West Virginia.
Travelling is a Right
In rural West Virginia, it is nigh impossible to travel around without potentially damaging your vehicle with poorly maintained roads. Worse, for those who are not fortunate enough to own a private vehicle, your options are even more limited. I am a strong advocate of public transit. Imagine not owning a car and having to travel from Charleston to Huntington and back for work. It is not feasible. Increasing public transit for West Virginia, be it in a major city or rural, allows West Virginians more options to work, giving them opportunity in Tomorrow's West Virginia.
Justice is a Right
I believe that we must build Tomorrow's West Virginia to protect our communities and uplift our neighbors. I aim to combat one of the greatest threats to our country, our democracy, and our freedom: economic inequality. Tomorrow's West Virginia provides a living wage, safe working conditions, and healthcare. Tomorrow's West Virginia acknowledges the value of immigrants to our communities. Tomorrow's West Virginia guarantees safe, comfortable, and affordable housing. By strengthening our social and economic foundations, we are preparing ourselves to embark on the journey to save our planet by rebuilding our economy and cultivate Tomorrow's West Virginia.
Housing is a Right
I believes that every human being has the right to housing that is safe, sanitary, and secure. Tomorrow's West Virginia provides increased housing for the unfortunate, more opportunity to get the homeless on their feet, and the ability to take care of anybody, whether they can pay for it in cash or other means. Someone homeless should not be told to get out of town or the thought of 'bussing' them away. When it is cold outside, we must provide more warm shelters for the unfortunate, especially in more rural areas where businesses may not be as densely packed. Tomorrow's West Virginia allows the less fortunate to thrive by not forcing them to worry about where they will sleep at night, and can focus on getting to work and thrive, not survive, in Tomorrow's West Virginia.
Collective Bargaining is a Right
Unions continue to fight for the intrinsic rights of working people and restore the balance of economic power in our country through collective bargaining agreements.
I will, nor will any of my team cross a picket line. We will stand with the workers and fight for fair wages, fair healthcare, and fair treatment. We will not allow the executives to tell us to live with it or go somewhere else. If elected, I will introduce legislation explicitly protecting and expanding a workers right to unionize and ensure that workers are treated with dignity and receive the pay, benefits, and workplace protections they deserve
I will introduce legislation that aggressively pursues employers who violate labor laws, participate in wage theft, or cheat on their taxes by intentionally misclassifying employees as independent contractors.