Underemployment is rising. Underemployment means that the jobs people are working aren’t providing a livable standard of living. Although unemployment is down, many of those jobs are low pay, part time jobs, which leaves many Ohioans underemployed.
We also suffer from predatory employers who take advantage of salaried employee over-time work, use short-term staffing or only provide part-time jobs to avoid providing benefits.
We cannot continue this pattern of the only good jobs being boom and bust cycles and other available work having little pay and few benefits. People cannot plan and build a career, a family or a future with these short-term jobs or part-time work.
Government investment in education and infrastructure in rural areas can attract better jobs and provide people with a secure economic future. We can work together to bring long term good paying jobs to our community. We need to bring together the different state and local offices and community agencies to find how to create better jobs and prepare our community for those opportunities. I will go to bat for the working class. I want to:
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” George Washington Carver.Education is the basis of our children’s ability to compete in a modern economy and society. In the past, schooling was a priority and education was respected, but that is no longer true. Many people were not given the same opportunities because of the funding structure.
Our current educational crisis did not happen by accident. It was started by the failing policies of the Governor and current legislators and has continued for the past 7-8 years. The reduction of school funding, draining of funds and lack of oversight on For-Profit schools was put in place and maintained by our current legislators.
Health Care, Opioids and Addiction
Our community is plagued by health care costs, suicides, depression and addiction. We must address these issues to make our community better.
Everywhere I go in our district, folks say one of their biggest concerns is paying for health care. How sad is it that our friends and neighbors must have fundraisers and benefit concerts to help pay for medical expenses? It is distressing to talk to seniors that worry about having to choose between paying for medications and buying food.
Drug addiction is a symptom of a struggling economy and it takes a toll on our community. Drug addiction stems from a combination of struggling community, lack of good employment opportunities, few social resources and bonds, mental health issues and easy access to drugs.
We must combine educational, medical and law enforcement resources to help those with drug addictions. By pooling all of our assets, we can streamline addiction support and get people the help the need. We must also research and implement proven recovery methods. Honest and comprehensive education on drugs, addiction and mental health can reduce the number of people becoming drug dependent.I will stand up for the families suffering from addiction in our community. I want to:
Infrastructure (roads, buildings, power supplies, telephone and internet utilities) is important for the economic growth and the future of southeast Ohio. At one time, Ohio made the investment in our roads, bridges, and railroads a priority. We built an amazing infrastructure that fueled a growing economy in the private sector.
But the state took funding from our local governments and now, our infrastructure is crumbling and our government’s investment in rural infrastructure lags behind Ohio’s metro areas. Our roads are filled with potholes and many repairs are short-term band-aids, not long-term solutions. We need modern reliable infrastructure to attract companies that provide sustainable and good paying jobs.
The roads of Muskingum and Guerensy county need to be repaired and improved for the future. These roads and Interstates 70 and 77 are critical for the current and future business of the region. Expansion of our airports will allow commercial growth. The development of rural high-speed internet can attract the jobs of the 21st Century and beyond. We can do all this and more. Let’s invest in our future!
I will battle for businesses and rural Ohio’s future. I want to: