In Georgia, we can not only strive to be the number one state to do business, we must also endeavor to become the number one state to work, to live, and to start a business. As a small business owner, I have learned the hard way how the state’s corporate welfare policy, though good for big business, often fails to address the needs of small business owners. As a resident of the city of Savannah, I see every day the pain that those same policies bring to low income families. It is entirely unacceptable that, for all of the wealth that big business brings to the few very rich in Savannah, none of that wealth translates to raising people out of poverty.
Empowering unions to fight for our rights and empowering citizens to live their dreams by raising the minimum wage. Our city has a problem, a quarter of our citizens live in poverty, and that number jumps up to almost half among children under the age of 18. The legislature must set the conditions for individuals to thrive in a 21st century economy, not to be exploited by large corporate conglomerates. I am happy that so many large corporations have decided to make Georgia and Savannah home, but the legislature cannot allow that success to be at the expense of small businesses and workers. We must fight to repeal so-called “right-to-work” laws that make it more difficult for workers to unionize and organize while also immediately raising the state minimum wage from an unlivable $5.15 an hour to a livable wage of $12 dollars per hour, with a goal of raising again to $15 an hour over three years. I will fight to make sure that our minimum wage is pegged to inflation, so that future generations of Georgians will never have to fight for a fair day’s pay again.
It is imperative that Georgia fully expands Medicaid, and we must do it now. I support the immediate expansion of Medicaid. Our state is filled with hundreds of thousands of people who are unable to afford healthcare because they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance on the exchange. Your family should not have to go into massive debt to finance lifesaving procedures. I reject any partial expansion of Medicaid as political brinkmanship at the cost of the lives of thousands of Georgians.
Savannah is facing a crisis. Our weak liquor licensing laws allow package stores to blight our community and serve as epicenters of exploitation aimed at our most vulnerable neighbors. The legislature has to work to make our communities more livable, and less susceptible to impoverishment. This means changing the laws surrounding liquor sales to make it easier for the city council to deny alcohol licenses to the casinos and bars that plague our community by pretending to be gas stations. I will also work to pass laws to allow municipalities to shut down these package stores when they operate as gambling establishments. These stores serve only to blight our communities, attract crime, and contribute to the downward spiral of poverty for so many that are already caught in the poverty cycle.
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