Education – Education Funding
Sam believes that all children deserve quality education and teachers deserve quality pay. “The State Voucher Program is NOT the solution and I oppose this measure. Fully funding the Basic Education Program (BEP) would be a significant step toward improved outcomes in our Urban Schools.”
Health Care – Medicaid Expansion
Our citizens deserve access to healthcare services and health insurance. Medicaid Expansion is a step in the right direction to ensure funding is available to our citizen’s. Currently, over 300 Thousand Tennesseans are without health insurance and hospitals were negativity impacted with several rural hospitals closing as a result, leaving those residents without services.
Tennessee leaves millions of our taxpayer’s dollars in Washington, DC and over 40 States have accepted Medicaid Expansion funding. Former Governor Haslam’s ‘Insure Tennessee’ would have been a big step towards a healthier TN!
Criminal Justice Reform
Sam believes there must be an aggressive focus on breaking the prison pipeline and this can be accomplished with strategic investment in rehabilitation and preventive services.
Preventive programs for children/teens – partnering with guidance counselors and juvenile court systems to identify “at risk” youth.
More Social Workers and Case Management working with programs as Sam’s Father was a Career Social Worker with the State of Tennessee.
Funding for adult rehabilitative and transitional housing support is critical to ensure those coming out of incarceration have a safe and stable environment. Partnerships with companies and businesses willing to provide internships is a major component and these measures will decrease recidivism and reduce crime.
Laws that incarcerate individuals for low level drug offensives (e.g. marijuana)
People deserve second chances
Living Wage Increase
The 15th District encompasses a full socioeconomic spectrum. From the affluent to the minimum wage workers Sam’s goal is to close the gap between this spectrum. At the end of the day the people of the 15th District are hard-working and deserve a true Living Wage. This can be done through recruitment and incentives that foster quality jobs and business development opportunities.
Sam has worked with both ends of the wage equation and will put the full weight of this position to move the 15th Forward! Workforce Development is key!