Life is hard – but you work hard anyway. Nobody can take that away. Still, you deserve a government that wants you and your loved ones to have a real chance to live and succeed. We can get there, not only for ourselves, but for all people striving every day – like you and me – for better, for stability, for relief. Ensuring we all have a meaningful shot in life can be our legacy.”  Marvin

Protecting Lives, Livelihoods, and Votes

 

As State Representative, I will use my experience at the Capitol, to protect three things: your life, your livelihood, and your vote. These are the priorities I will particularly push.

 

MY FULL PLATFORM:

 
Firearms 

  • Increase funding for suicide prevention initiatives: fund the implementation of suicide prevention awareness programs among gun owners, including in communities, such as rural communities, where there is potentially a greater prevalence of gun ownership and decreased access to healthcare.[1]

  • Incentivize firearms owners to comply with safe storage practices, and to report theft of firearms: Georgia ranks 4th among states for total firearm deaths – deaths that particularly impact communities of color.[2] Such deaths include those from not just violent crimes, but also suicides and accidents.

  • Repeal law barring localities from regulating firearms: one of the most pernicious firearms laws is the so-called “preemption” law, which prevents local municipalities from imposing their own regulations on firearms, and gives near-total control of firearms law to the state legislature.

 
Healthcare

  • Regulate anticompetitive behavior that increases healthcare spending: address anticompetitive behavior by certain healthcare providers and payers, through: reducing "Certificates of Need," expanding the scope of nurses and other healthcare providers, and ensuring that government contracts with providers/insurers that engage in consumer-oriented behavior (e.g., enforcing spending targets, offering bundling of services, fostering coordinated care for any given patient[3], simplifying administrative systems). Expand market supply of healthcare commodities, inc. prescription drugs through importation.

  • Provide coverage for people without insurance: expand Medicaid eligibility to uninsured Georgians – about 13% of our state’s population – to the maximum extent under federal Affordable Care Act.[4]  Concurrently, the state should work towards reimbursing 100% of care provided, to incentivize service provision to all.

  • Protect women and children’s health: repeal fetal “heartbeat” law, which outlaws the freedom of women to make inherently personal decisions about body and the bounds of life. Instead, the state should focus on increased funding and programming for maternal and child health.

 
Economic Justice

  • Support small businesses: implement state-level Community Reinvestment Act, which would ensure state government monitoring of commercial lending authorities, bank-by-bank, to ensure compliance with good, non-discriminatory lending practices. Reform existing public and public-private financial pools and creating new financial pools to facilitate access to equity for small businesses (existing pools include Opportunity Zone/Employer’s Jobs Tax Credit laws, and state implementation of federal State Small Business Credit Initiative that funds lenders, while new pools could include state-level SBA lending programs, to supplement the extremely competitive federal program). Remove barriers to entry for new entrepreneurs often “crowded out” by anti-competitive practices, through: waivers of licensing fees for new entrepreneurs, tax-preferred savings accounts, and student debt relief for entrepreneurs.

  • Reform state taxation: a variety of opportunities exist for state tax law reform that would not only increase revenue and achieve appropriate distribution, but also incentivize certain positive human goods and behaviors, including: creating state Earned Income Tax Credit, tax credit for childcare expenses by working parents, credits for adult-level professional education, credits for entrepreneurs and professionals in public service/works industries, and credits for charitable giving, beyond existing credits for giving to hospitals and giving for “school choice.”

  • Stop corporate abuse of new homeowners: regulate fees by home management companies to ensure they cannot charge more than the fee for repairs

  • Broaden access to healthcare & economic assistance – including language access: increase appropriations for Small Business Development Centers – including funds to ensure language access. Create General Assistance program to provide safety net for very poor individuals who do not qualify for other public assistance (i.e., no minor children, no disability, not elderly). Georgia, unlike other states, does not have such a program. Safety nets should recognize the autonomy and complex needs of individual recipients, such as conditional cash transfers that are not conditioned on employment, but instead focus on school attendance and healthcare provision, while providing social networks structure to enable them to function in their own communities.

  • Address inequality through financing: establish public Children's Savings Account program, or publicly funded savings/investments accounts for every child, for future educational (or homeownership) use in adulthood

 
Voting Rights

  • Eliminate voter ID, including voter proof of citizenship, laws: these laws only serve to disenfranchise populations, including minorities, immigrants, and indigent populations.

  • Ensure that the Census accurately accounts all groups: in 2020, I will work within the community to ensure that the census – which will determine critical questions for the next 10 years, like electoral districts, funding for communities, etc. – fairly counts all groups.

  • Help elect progressive Democrats: in 2020 and beyond, I will also work, particularly through voter engagement of immigrant and minority voters, to help elect Democrats for so many critical seats at the federal, state, and local level, and help turn Georgia “blue”:  President, Senate (two open seats), House (District 7), Gwinnett County Chair, County Sheriff, and many other state & local seats.

  • Ensure fairness in political representation: implement non-partisan commission to draw electoral districts, to eliminate political and racial gerrymandering that disenfranchise certain populations and dilute their ability to elect their candidates of choice.

 
Transportation

  • Provide public transportation for all: support MARTA expansion in Gwinnett County.

 

  • Expand alternative transportation programs for seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women: increase funding and eligibility for transportation options ranging from paratransit to rideshare.

 
Education

  • Expand state higher education loan forgiveness programs: expand loan forgiveness to professionals who serve in higher-need areas (e.g., rural areas), including not just doctors (already covered), but also nurses and other healthcare professionals, teachers, lawyers, and other professionals in public service.

 

  • Incentivize adult education: expand tax credits for adult-level professional education.[5]

Immigrant Rights

  • Ensure immigrants’ access to basic human rights: ensure equal access by immigrants (including the undocumented) to in-state tuition for higher education, healthcare, bilingual voter access, drivers’ licenses and other forms of identification, professional licensing by the state, and other government services. About 1 in 10 Georgia residents is an immigrant, while 8% are native-born Americans with at least one immigrant parent – and they are an integral part of our state.[6] 

  • Oppose anti-immigrant measures: oppose measures such as required local law enforcement cooperation with ICE, as well as mandatory verification of immigration status by police and prosecutors.

 
 
Non-Discrimination 

  • Implement comprehensive state law barring discrimination: bar discrimination in public accommodations, employment, education, housing, and access to other basic resources. Protected statuses should include: race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, and military service.

  • Regulate applications of artificial intelligence, and biomedical technology, to ensure against undue biases: these biases manifest themselves in processes ranging from criminal law to insurance to medicine.

 
Criminal Law Reform 

  • Curb excessive use of force, by police and private individuals: revise laws on when police, as well as private individuals (i.e., Stand Your Ground law), may use deadly force, to incentivize de-escalation.

  • Reduce prison population: tie public funding of prison industry/prosecutors to achieving actual reduction of crime and incarceration (as opposed to tying funding to numbers of convictions/incarcerations).

  • Impose alternative sanctions for lower-level crimes (not limited to low-level drug possession): require consideration of alternatives to prison, such as probation, monitoring, treatment, and community service, for crimes such as drug possession, minor fraud, and minor theft. For certain major crimes, reduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain major crimes.[7]

Environment 

  • Set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change: set target levels and dates for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

  • Implement market-based programs to reduce emissions: implement "cap-and-trade" programs that charges those who emit carbon.

 

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