We can create jobs by creating solutions.
My leadership in economic development has shown that our communities and local economies have the power to create jobs that pay enough to put food on the table and save for retirement. We can harness this power with a leader in Washington devoted to creating common sense policies that work for our communities, policies that provide solutions to our challenges, and policies that build on all of our strengths.
Our region’s resources include our people, small manufacturing, natural resources, family farms, veterans and military personnel separated from service, proximity to Canada and major waterways, schools, and architecture.
To take advantage of these, we need broadband internet throughout the region, workforce training and education programs that prepare students for the 21st century jobs so that we can attract businesses looking for these skills. We need policies that create incentives for using local workers and resources, and initiatives that support small business growth. Politicians need to encourage the public/private/community partnerships that have been proven to work in our region and across the country.
Education plays a vital role in job creation and employment. We have strong BOCES programs, community colleges, and four-year institutions throughout the region. We need a leader who understands their importance to our people and our economy and who is committed to expanding their role by listening to what the educators and businesses need.
Developing our energy efficiency and clean energy sectors can create solutions, and therefore jobs, for our high heating costs and climate change. Washington needs to prioritize and put more support behind new industries such as biomass, geothermal, solar and other clean energy sectors. We need to maintain the sensible environmental regulations that do no harm to our economy and that protect resources that drive our economy, such as clean water and soil.
The call for Medicare for all is growing louder, and I join my voice with the millions of people making this call. Everybody needs access to quality healthcare. It makes sense from a human perspective, and it makes sense from an economic perspective. We need everyone covered in the most efficient and equitable way possible. We need to get business owners out of the health insurance business and allow them to compete with government jobs that provide health benefits.
So long as insurance companies’ profits come first, hardworking people and business owners will continue to struggle to afford quality healthcare, and the system will become even more strained. We know when people lack affordable care, they are more likely to put off seeking care until there is no choice but to go to the emergency room, costing everyone more money and putting themselves in jeopardy. We know that when small business owners can't afford to provide health insurance, they lose high quality workers.
The cost of prescription drugs, administration, regulations, and insurance companies’ focus on profits rather than healthcare make it more difficult for doctors to spend the time they want to with their patients. These costs are putting quality healthcare out of reach for more and more Americans. To help fix our country’s healthcare system, I will take a practical and pragmatic approach. We need to consider all strains upon our healthcare system as we rebuild our healthcare system. My focus will be on building a system that allows healthcare workers to do what they came into their field to do: put the care of their patients first.
In addition to providing access to quality healthcare for everyone, our healthcare system needs to tackle the opioid epidemic with a public health approach. We need to link our healthcare system with other systems that can help prevent and treat addictions.
The health and dignity of every person and the soundness of our economy depend upon a strong healthcare system, which includes access to healthcare for everyone.
North Country Values
Our way of life, our environment, and the security of our country depend upon creating economic, environmental protection, and healthcare systems that works for everyone over the long-term.
Hard-working people deserve to be able to put food on the table, money in the bank, and have access to quality healthcare. Those who need help should have a hand up. Those who cannot take care of themselves need to be cared for. Everyone, regardless of the conditions they were born into, deserves a chance to build the life they want. We need an economic system that rewards hard work and provides resources that help people build the lives they want to lead.
Our way of life and our economy depend upon our winters, our clean air, water, and soil, and our forests. So that generations to come have the same opportunities we do, we have the responsibility to conserve our natural resources and curb climate change. The problem of acid rain dissipated thanks to sensible rules, and now we are reversing ground. We need to refocus national attention on this issue.