The cost of living is going up, schools are underfunded, and health care costs are out of control. That’s why I believe that we need an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. As a Senator, I’ll take on special interests and fight for working families. Ensuring access to affordable health care for everyone, fully funding our schools, and increasing wages are important steps we must take to begin to bridge the gap for working families.

I support Medicaid expansion, which would grow our economy by $4 billion dollars and create over 37,000 new jobs by 2022. In Forsyth County, Medicaid expansion would add about 1,700 new jobs, create $424 million in new business activity, and create $5 million in new county revenue. In Davie County, we would add nearly 80 new jobs, $13 million in business activity, and $471,400 in county revenue. That increased revenue could be used to increase teacher pay, hire more teaching assistants, and ensure our schools have the resources required to meet the needs of every student.

I support increasing teacher pay to at least or above the national average, restoring funding for National Board Certification, restoring the Master’s Degree pay bump, and reducing the teacher wage gap. Our teachers are working two or more jobs just to make ends meet – all while spending roughly $500 out of pocket to make sure their students have classroom supplies. North Carolina’s teachers deserve fair, competitive wages, and we must provide salary and benefits packages that attract the best and brightest into our schools and create incentives to retain and reward excellence in the classroom.