Bringing Jobs to the District (Recruiting New Industry)
All of the functions and parts of a community are impacted by the strength of job opportunity in an area. Active churches, great schools, a business-friendly environment, engaged citizens, and effective non-profits all benefit from thriving commerce. As a member of the Jefferson County delegation, I will fight to give city councilmen and councilwomen resources to do their jobs in a way that will encourage job growth. There is so much untapped potential and opportunity in our community. It is my vision for you to be able to work, play and live in District 56!
Supporting Small Businesses (Expanding Existing Industries)
I am committed to supporting the health and well being of existing businesses. Business growth takes on many forms and existing industries play an important role in that growth. I also understand that many new jobs are created by the businesses already located here in Jefferson County and throughout the State of Alabama. It is my desire to support policies and efforts that will improve the overall business climate and opportunities for growth.
Increasing Parental Involvement in Education
Fifty years ago, all schools did more with less, the students were better prepared to make a living, and the biggest difference-maker was parental involvement. I believe that not only do parents know best for their children, but that school systems with a higher level of parental involvement perform better. Families should be empowered to make a difference within their school system. Education is about preparing students for a productive life. Parents should be able to choose a school based on their child’s needs, not their zip code.
Working Toward Prison Sentencing Reform
I embrace the idea that prisons develop criminals and communities cultivate citizens. According to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), our state’s prisons are not only almost at double capacity, but it cost taxpayers approximately $42 dollars per inmate per day. Some inmates are first-time non-violent offenders. I advocate beginning a program that would allow the best behaved of these non-violent offenders to serve their sentences with community service and, when appropriate, drug rehabilitation.
All offenders are not equal. Many of us know teenagers and young adults who have made bad decisions. When those bad decisions did not hurt anyone else, we should not end their hope of productive futures by labeling them felons and throwing them in jail for extended periods of time. Altering the sentences of only 5% of these non-violent offenders could save the state almost $20 million every year, as well as creating up to $2.14 million in state income tax revenue from those former inmates earning a living making just $30,000 a year. Former convicts who are able to get a job are less likely to return to a life of crime and thus, are much more likely to become productive citizens and role models. As a state, we can be smart on crime without being soft on crime.