Right now, our healthcare system continues to rise in cost for everyday Georgians, but the quality of care doesn’t necessarily reflect that. Georgia should be investing in community clinics that help stem the flow of people visiting our emergency rooms for simple, routine care. Additionally, we must authorize methods that allow individual Georgians to choose their best form of care instead of bureaucrats making those decisions for them.
We must sustain Georgia’s position as the #1 State to do business. This will help us to attract the kind of jobs to our community we need to alleviate poverty and build prosperity. We must also work with our local county commission to reduce the burdens on businesses that prevent them from creating jobs.
Our community cannot prosper if it is not safe. We must properly fund our public safety and first responders while simultaneously fight organized gang activity in the area. Citizens should also be protected in their rights to defend themselves with the right to bear arms. More so than ever, Georgia must continue to do more in fighting the scourge of human trafficking while standing up and defending the sanctity of life.
Investing in our schools is the single most important way to build positive change in our community. With the threats against our students, we must ensure that enhanced security measures are implemented and first responders are capable of preventing violence. Parents must be encouraged and empowered to affect positive change when they see a problem with their children’s education, and above all else, we must sustain the HOPE Scholarship for future generations.
Georgia continues to have a prison population that is well above the national average. Our prisons exist to house the worst of the worst, but not to simply lock people up and throw away the key. Investing in diversion programs accountability courts will help stem that flow of low-level, non-violent offenders in our prisons. As well, working with local employers to hire, train, and fully employ local workers will reduce the economic reasons that someone might engage in crime.
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women who have defended our country, and hundreds live within our district. Often, the transition back to civilian life – especially for combat veterans – is difficult. It’s important that our State support services like our Veterans Courts that help offenders who need a lifeline find their way back to civilian life. It’s also important that we provide methods of job training and social services to help Veterans maintain a good life in our community.