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Constituency Agendas

I am fighting for One Georgia, where we all thrive and where our children are safe and surrounded by opportunity and possibility. As governor, my policies will ensure that everyone in our state is seen, and no one is left behind. My plan to focus on the fundamentals — healthcare, housing, education and making a good living — will invest in the success of the many diverse communities within our state.

Black Men

Black men deserve leadership that sees them, serves them, and believes in them. I am committed to investing in Black men, their families, and their businesses by providing opportunities for small businesses and apprenticeships, expanding access to safe and affordable education, and focusing resources on violent crime prevention and law enforcement accountability. 

Economic Security

  • Provide capital and contract opportunities for Black small businesses
    • Establish a $10 million Small Business Investment Fund 
    • Eliminate fees and red-tape to start your own business 
    • Increase purchasing from black-owned businesses by state entities 
    • Allow multiple small companies to jointly bid on state contracts as prime contractor
    • Close the gap between minority and non-minority business revenues in 6-8 years (at current pace, will take 100 years)
    • Create a $5 million Family Farms Initiative to aid small and micro-farms with financing
  • Put money back in your pockets
    • Tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
    • End wage theft and misclassification (treating employees as independent contractors)
    • Enforce unemployment regulations in cooperation with the Labor Commissioner (53% of Georgians denied unemployment during the pandemic were Black)

Healthcare and Housing

  • Expand Medicaid
    • Adults making $9/hr or less would be eligible for health insurance, including non-crisis mental health and substance abuse treatment
    • Will create 64,000 good-paying jobs across the state
  • Make housing more affordable for everyone. 
    • Support first-time homeowners and provide financial education
    • Create a permanent fund to finance property tax deferments for working class households facing rapidly rising property taxes caused by out-of-state buyers or gentrification.

Education and Job Training

  • Increase funding to public schools and decrease over-disciplining of black children
  • Create 20,000 apprenticeships, including construction, entertainment and advanced energy
  • Restore free technical college 
  • Expand access to HOPE and fund need-based aid for higher education, particularly at HBCUs

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

  • Focus law enforcement resources on serious violent crime
    • Support legislation to decriminalize marijuana and end poverty-based criminal penalties
    • Repeal extreme gun laws including criminal carry and close loopholes
    • Restore diversion programs and re-entry programs to support housing, healthcare and employment
  • Hold law enforcement accountable
    • Require accountability for law enforcement and correctional officers 
    • Track officers with records of bad behavior and prevent them from getting new jobs 
    • Create state guidelines that address use of force, de-escalation and crisis intervention

Black Women

I have a plan to invest in Black women’s success through the fundamentals: education, healthcare, housing and making a good living. As governor, I will make public education safe and affordable for our children. I will also make motherhood safe and accessible and close the gap between minority and non-minority businesses so that we can all thrive and be surrounded by opportunity. 

Education

  • Expand economic and educational opportunity without impacting Georgia families’ bottom line.
    • Expand access to HOPE and fund need-based aid for higher education, particularly at HBCUs
    • Increase funding to public schools and decrease over-disciplining of black children
    • Make college cheaper and technical college free for all Georgians. 
    • Increase access to good-paying jobs with quality training opportunities and funding 20,000 apprenticeships so Georgians can earn while they learn
  • Make quality child care affordable.
    • Increase supply of high-quality child care providers
    • Invest in and support quality child care centers.
    • Achieve Universal Pre-K that is accessible to all families
    • Increase paid parental leave by advocating for legislation to give all parents paid time off to care for newborn or recently adopted children and expanding paid leave for Georgia’s state employees

Healthcare and Housing

  • Increase access to affordable and accessible healthcare.
    • Reduce maternal mortality, support safe pregnancies and promote equal access to family planning
    • Increase healthcare access by expanding Medicaid to 500,000 Georgians and keep more hospitals open while lowering cost of care for all 
    • Will create 64,000 good-paying jobs across the state
    • Defend reproductive freedom, privacy and access to abortion
    • Deprioritize abortion-related prosecutions
  • Expand access to safe and affordable housing in Georgia.
    • Support first-time homeowners and provide financial education
    • Establish a permanent "Housing Trust Fund" so that working families facing rapidly increasing property taxes are not forced out of their communities
    • Provide property tax relief for Georgia homeowners
    • Empower local governments to provide quality housing for homeowners and renters

Economic Security

  • Put money back in families’ pockets.
    • Tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
    • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help more than a million working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves.
    • End wage theft and misclassification from treating employees as independent contractors
    • Enforce unemployment regulations in cooperation with the Labor Commissioner – 53% of Georgians denied unemployment during the pandemic were Black
  • Provide money and support for Black small businesses.
    • Close the gap between minority and non-minority business revenues in 6-8 years (at current pace, will take 100 years)
    • Establish a $10 million Small Business Investment Fund
    • Support first-time business owners with education, training and waiving business start up costs through the Entrepreneurship Learner’s Permit

AAPI Community

I am committed to creating One Georgia where the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community can thrive. I have a plan to increase healthcare access and keep more hospitals open, while also providing tax rebates and supporting first-time business owners by waiving business start-up costs through the Entrepreneurship Learner’s Permit.

My plan will also enhance protections for civil and human rights in housing, employment and public accommodations and reduce maternal mortality, support safe pregnancies and defend reproductive freedom.

Economic Security and Education

  • Put money back in your pocket.
    • Tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
    • Crack down on employers who wrongly classify employees as independent contractors or commit wage theft
    • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help 1 million+ working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves
  • Expand educational opportunity without impacting Georgia families’ bottom line.
    • Increase the supply of high quality child care and achieve universal Pre-K
    • Expand college advising by investing in high school college counselors 
    • Maintain the HOPE Scholarship, restore tuition-free technical college to all Georgians and add funding for need-based aid for higher education
    • Create 20,000 apprenticeships across fields including healthcare, coding and construction
    • Increase recruitment and retention of AAPI educators in Georgia classrooms
  • Provide capital and contract opportunities for small businesses.
    • Establish a $10 million Small Business Investment Fund for access to capital
    • Support first-time business owners with education, training and waiving business start-up costs through the Entrepreneurship Learner’s Permit
    • Increase purchasing from minority-owned businesses by state entities 
    • Allow small companies to jointly bid on state contracts as prime contractor
    • Ensure licensing and training materials are in multiple languages

Healthcare, Housing and Safety

  • Increase access to affordable and accessible healthcare.
    • Increase healthcare access to 500,000 Georgians and keep more hospitals open while lowering the cost of care for all by expanding Medicaid
    • Help Georgia seniors who may not yet qualify for Medicare to see a health care provider without fear of medical debt
    • Defend reproductive freedom, privacy and access to abortion
    • Deprioritize abortion-related prosecutions
    • Reduce maternal mortality, support safe pregnancies and promote equal access to family planning 
  • Expand access to safe and affordable housing in Georgia.
    • Provide first-time homeowners with increased funding support and financial education
    • Make housing more affordable for everyone 
  • Keep our communities safe by pursuing common sense gun reforms.
    • Repeal the criminal carry bill signed by Kemp that made it easier for dangerous people to carry concealed weapons
    • Repeal campus carry, “guns everywhere” and gun return laws that endanger the public and are opposed by a majority of Georgians
    • Close the Gun Show Loophole

Civil Rights and Immigration

  • Ensure immigrants, women, people of color and people with disabilities serve on the Board of Regents, the body that oversees Georgia’s universities
  • Enhance protections for civil and human rights in housing, employment and public accommodations 
  • Work with law enforcement to improve communications and relations with immigrant communities, including expanded language proficiency

Latino Community

I have a plan to fuel our Latino community’s success by investing in the fundamentals: education, healthcare, housing, and making a good living. I will work to create a Georgia that welcomes immigrants and allows all communities to thrive—one that grants academic access to DREAMers, makes childcare affordable, supports first-time business owners and helps working families preserve their communities.

Economic Security

  • Expand economic opportunity without raising taxes.
    • Provide tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
    • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help more than a million working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves
    • Fully fund Georgia’s Need-Based Aid Program for higher education
    • Restore tuition-free technical college to all Georgians
    • Create 20,000 apprenticeships across fields ranging from construction, coding and healthcare 
  • Support and reduce barriers for entrepreneurs.
    • Establish a $10 million Small Business Investment Fund
    • Support first-time business owners with education, training and waiving business start up costs through the Entrepreneurship Learner’s Permit
    • Use Georgia’s purchasing power to support small businesses by establishing and monitoring purchasing targets by all state agencies

Immigration

  • Embrace and support Georgia’s immigrant communities.
    • Grant academic access to DREAMers by defending the rights of DREAMers to pursue their educational goals, including access to the HOPE Scholarship
    • Ensure that immigrants, women, people of color and people with disabilities serve on the Board of Regents, the body that oversees Georgia’s universities.
    • Work with law enforcement to improve communications and relations with immigrant communities

Quality of Life

  • Expand access to safe and affordable housing in Georgia.
    • Increase financial support and education for first-time homeowners 
    • Create a permanent fund to finance property tax deferments for working-class households facing rapidly rising property taxes caused by gentrification.
    • Empower local governments to protect homeowners and tenants
  • Increase access to affordable and accessible healthcare.
    • Increase healthcare access and keep hospitals across the state open by expanding Medicaid 
    • Defend reproductive freedom, privacy and access to abortion
    • Deprioritize abortion-related prosecutions
    • Support safe pregnancies and promote equal access to family planning
    • Support healthcare worker training and increase retention of doctors
    • Create Covid Long-term Recovery Plan
  • Expand access to quality child care.
    • Achieve Universal Pre-K that is accessible to all interested families
    • Increase childcare financial assistance in all childcare settings
    • Increase paid parental leave by advocating for legislation to give all parents paid time off to care for newborn or recently adopted children and expanding paid leave for Georgia’s state employees
    • Expand financial support for childcare workers to encourage people to enter and stay in early childhood education, especially in hard-to-staff areas
    • Increase and support quality providers by providing access to $10 million in small business financing programs and a new child care center fund

LGBTQ+ Community

From supporting marriage equality and comprehensive workplace protections to opposing any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, I am building a stronger, brighter state where freedom and opportunity are available to all, so every Georgian can thrive. As governor, I will expand Medicaid access for LGBTQ+ Georgians, protect their civil and human rights and bolster the rights of LGBTQ+ parents who want to grow their families.

My plan also opposes any legislation that increases the likelihood of harm to students, supports survivors of sexual assault and works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and Monkeypox in vulnerable LGBTQ+ communities.

Civil Rights

  • Support Equality for LGBTQ+ Georgians.
    • Protect civil and human rights to housing, employment and public accommodations for LGBTQ+ Georgians 
    • Bolster the rights of LGBTQ+ parents who want to grow their families but do not yet have necessary legal protections
    • Reform the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity into the Georgia Commission on Human Rights to have the ability to set clear pathways for harassment complaints
    • Push for public accommodations protections for sexual orientation in state law
  • Protect and Support Students
    • Increase access to mental health services for students in school
    • Support all students in school, including allowing kids to play sports together and working with educators to prevent bullying
    • Oppose any legislation that increases the likelihood of harm to students, including transgender and nonbinary students 
    • Support survivors of sexual assault by working to identify gaps in protections, reporting processes and services

Healthcare and Housing

  • Increase access to affordable and accessible healthcare
    • Expand Medicaid, including access for LGBTQ+ Georgians, to increase healthcare access to 500,000 Georgians, keep more hospitals open and create 64,000 good-paying jobs across the state, lowering cost of care for all
    • Defend reproductive freedom, privacy and access to abortion
    • Address the cost of insulin and health care access 
    • Work to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS and Monkeypox in vulnerable LGBTQ+ communities, including a statewide strategy to end the AIDS epidemic in Georgia by 2030 
  • Expand access to safe and affordable housing in Georgia.
    • Support first-time homeowners and provide financial education
    • Establish a permanent "Housing Trust Fund" so that working families facing rapidly increasing property taxes are not forced out of their communities
    • Empower local governments to provide quality housing for homeowners and renters

Economic Security

  • Put money back in Georgians pockets.
    • Tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
    • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help 1 million+ working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves
  • Expand economic opportunity without raising taxes.
    • Expand access to HOPE, make technical college free for all and fund need-based aid for higher education
    • Increase access to good-paying jobs with quality training opportunities and funding 20,000 apprenticeships so Georgians can earn while they learn

Gun Safety

  • Repeal the criminal carry bill signed by Kemp that made it easier for dangerous people to carry concealed weapons
  • Repeal campus carry, “guns everywhere” and gun return laws that endanger the public and are opposed by a majority of Georgians
  • Push to pass red flag legislation and to close the domestic violence and gun show loopholes

Veterans

Georgia is home to 13 military installations and more than 2 million military or related family members. As governor, I will leverage my experience and bi-partisan track record in the Legislature and with BRAC to protect our families and our freedoms by strengthening the State Department of Veterans Services and providing resources for veterans to access the jobs, education and housing they deserve.

Invest in Georgia’s Department of Veterans Services

  • Strengthen the State Department of Veterans Services
  • Ensure Georgians who are transitioning out of the military receive the resources and support they need.
  • Provide financial literacy and education on veteran benefits

Support Veteran Employment and Professional Achievement

  • Incentivize veteran hiring with tax credits and the ability to use military experience toward job titles and pay in state hiring
  • Create the Georgia Veterans Higher Education Initiative to provide dedicated veteran support staff at every college and university, more credit transfer opportunities, and additional financial support
  • Fully fund Georgia’s Need-Based Aid Program for higher education: use existing funds and support expanded gaming to finance need-based aid in Georgia, particularly to allow veterans ineligible for the GI Bill to achieve higher education
  • Make technical college tuition-free to all Georgians
  • Increase access to apprenticeships in fields ranging from building trades and construction to coding and healthcare

Support and Reduce Barriers for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

  • Small Business Capital Growth Fund: Invest $10 million in small business financing programs that help grow customers and commerce.
  • Entrepreneurship Learner’s Permit: Eliminate fees and red tape for veteran-launched small businesses and provide education and training opportunities.
  • Georgia Commercial Investment Program: Directing the Department of Administrative Services to establish and monitor targets for purchasing by all state agencies from veteran-owned businesses.

Expand Access to Safe and Affordable Housing in Georgia

  • Increase Housing Assistance Options for Transitioning and Homeless Veterans: Create long-term partnerships between the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the State Department and non-profit organizations to convert current infrastructure into housing for vets and provide vouchers to transitioning veterans for homes across the state.
  • Empower local governments to protect homeowners and tenants: Permit localities to take steps to protect homeowners and tenants, including local fair housing ordinances or protecting tenants by requiring inspections of single-family rental homes.

Small Businesses

As a small business owner, I understand the challenges small businesses face. My plan will invest in initiatives like the Small Business Development Fund to make it easier for first-time business owners to start their own businesses and use Georgia’s purchasing power to support small businesses.

Support and Reduce Barriers for Entrepreneurs

  • Establish a $10 million Small Business Investment Fund to help grow customers and commerce 
  • Eliminate fees and red-tape to start your own business 
  • Support first-time business owners with education, training and waiving business start up costs through the Entrepreneurship Learner’s Permit
  • Use Georgia’s purchasing power to support small businesses, including those owned by people of color, veterans, the disabled and those in rural areas, by establishing and monitoring purchasing targets by all state agencies
  • Allow multiple small companies to jointly bid on state contracts as prime contractors

Bolster Georgia’s Workforce to Meet Demand

  • Restore tuition-free technical college to all Georgians, allowing them to pursue careers in growing industries and supply business with valuable trained labor
  • Create 20,000 apprenticeships across fields ranging from construction, coding and healthcare 
  • Train tens of thousands of additional workers for the clean energy industry to ensure Georgians are at the forefront of green job creation

Provide Georgians with Well-Earned Tax Relief

  • Provide tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
  • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help more than a million working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves
  • Provide property tax relief for Georgia homeowners

Invest in Georgia’s Energy System

  • Ensure Georgia’s electricity system is cheaper, more efficient and reliable
  • Protect Georgians from increased power rates by capping consumer energy costs
  • Establish the Georgia Green Development Bank to facilitate investment in clean energy and work with interested communities on clean power job creation

Labor, Jobs & Wages

Workers build and power Georgia, and our businesses are strongest when workers thrive and have a seat at the table. As governor, I will defend the right to unionize in the state of Georgia, crack down on employer wage theft, provide resources for our workers to access apprenticeships and jobs, and protect working families and communities from rapidly increasing property taxes.

Fight For Workers

  • Defend the right to unionize in the state of Georgia 
  • Hold employers accountable for paying less than minimum wage
  • Crack down on employers who wrongly classify employees as independent contractors or commit wage theft
  • Support workers with paid sick leave, expansion of unemployment insurance and repeal preemption labor laws
  • Address the politicization of COLAs for state retirees and examine state pension programs

Expand Economic Growth and Job Training

  • Increase purchasing of products made in Georgia by state agencies
  • Ensure the state prioritizes projects that hire more Georgia workers
  • Fund 20,000 apprenticeships across industries, including the building trades, entertainment and advanced energy, so Georgians can earn while they learn
  • Distribute infrastructure funds fairly and transparently across geographic and demographic metrics

Improve Workers’ Quality of Life

  • Put money back in Georgians’ pockets
    • Tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000.
    • Establish an Earned Income Tax Credit for Georgia families for a family of four making less than $55.000 
  • Expand Medicaid
    • Adults making $9/hr or less would be eligible for health insurance, including non-crisis mental health and substance abuse treatment
    • Will create 64,000 good-paying jobs across the state
    • Will save hospitals and thousands jobs, including healthcare workers and other services
  • Increase Access to Affordable Housing
    • Support first-time homeowners and provide financial education
    • Establish a permanent "Housing Trust Fund" so that working families facing rapidly increasing property taxes are not forced out of their communities.
    • Invest in more affordable housing units 
    • Expand access to workforce housing
  • Expand Access to Transit and Transportation
    • Leverage the Bipartisan Infrastructure funds to increase investment in transit across the state
    • Support enhanced non-emergency transportation options

Public Safety

​​Communities know best what their people need to be safe. Law enforcement also faces increased risk from escalating gun violence in the midst of officer shortages, which puts communities and officers at increased risk as well. Despite these challenges, Kemp has made it easier for people, including dangerous people, to get guns and deflect responsibility for rising crime. 

I have a plan to help ensure communities are safe, address officer recruitment and support those in the field to build towards One Georgia, where we all thrive and where our children are safe and surrounded by opportunity. 

Repeal Dangerous Gun Laws.

  • Repeal the criminal carry bill signed by Kemp that made it easier for dangerous people to carry concealed weapons
  • Repeal campus carry, “guns everywhere” and gun return laws that endanger the public and are opposed by a majority of Georgians
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole by requiring background checks for person-to-person gun sales

Empower communities to prioritize the most serious crimes.

  • Reduce the role of law enforcement in crisis intervention and broaden access to mental health and substance abuse treatment by expanding Medicaid
  • Require civil rather than criminal penalties for certain traffic and low-level drug offenses to reduce recidivism and escalation of criminal behavior
  • Coordinate financial incentives for localities, law enforcement agencies and nonprofits to design and implement violence intervention programs
  • Urge all state law enforcement and prosecutors to resist the criminalization of abortion by deprioritizing abortion-related arrests and subsequent prosecution

Raise the base pay for state patrol, correctional and state supervision officers.

  • Boost starting salaries to $50,000 to address the officer shortage across the state and promote recruitment
  • Provide further salary increases based on experience 
  • Provide $25 million in grants to support living wages and local housing options for local law enforcement officers

Middle-Class Georgians

I will fuel the success of Georgia’s middle class by investing in the fundamentals: education, healthcare, housing and making a good living. As governor, I will provide property tax relief for Georgia homeowners, tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000, establish the Small Business Fund and close the gap between minority and non-minority businesses. My plan will also make college and childcare more affordable, expand Medicaid and support community safety.

Housing & Communities

  • Make housing more affordable for everyone.
    • Empower local governments to protect homeowners and tenants
    • Address rising property values that force families out of their established neighborhoods
    • Help first-time homebuyers through funding the Georgia Dream program for homeownership
  • Keep our communities safe by pursuing common sense gun reforms.
    • Limit gun access for dangerous people in Georgia
    • Pass bipartisan legislation to close background check loopholes and support red flag laws
    • Repeal laws that allows weapons in public schools and college campuses
  • Ensure Georgia’s electricity system is cheaper, more efficient and reliable.
    • Protect Georgians from increased power rates by capping consumer energy costs
    • Establish the Georgia Green Development Bank to facilitate investment in clean power job creation

Economic Growth and Job Investment

  • Provide money and support for small businesses.
    • Establish a $10 million Small Business Investment Fund to help grow customers and commerce 
    • Eliminate fees and red-tape to start your own business 
    • Close the gap between minority and non-minority business revenues in 6-8 years (at current pace, will take 100 years)
  • Put money back in Georgians pockets.
    • Provide tax rebates for everyone making less than $250,000
    • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help more than a million working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves

Education

  • Make quality child care affordable.
    • Achieve Universal Pre-K that is accessible to all families
    • Increase supply of high-quality child care providers
    • Advocate for legislation to give all parents paid time off to care for newborn or recently adopted children and expand paid leave for Georgia’s state employees
    • Invest in and support quality child care centers
  • Expand economic and educational opportunity without impacting Georgia families’ bottom line.
    • Expand access to HOPE and fund need-based aid for higher education
    • Make college cheaper and restore free technical college for all Georgians 
    • Increase access to good-paying jobs with quality training opportunities and funding 20,000 apprenticeships including healthcare, entertainment, construction and green energy

Healthcare Access

  • Increase access to affordable and accessible healthcare.
    • Increase healthcare access to 500,000 Georgians and keep more hospitals open while lowering cost of care for all by expanding Medicaid 
    • Address the cost of insulin and health care access 
    • Increase health care worker development and retention
    • Create Covid Long-term Recovery Plan
  • Defend the right to an abortion, reproductive health care and privacy
    • Repeal the 6-week abortion ban by working with Democrats and Republicans
    • Veto future legislation to limit access to abortion or contraception
    • Support safe pregnancies and promote equal access to family planning

Seniors

Georgia’s senior citizens are a tremendous asset to their state. Whether by virtue of their life experience in their state’s diverse workforce or the volunteer leadership we provide for their community organizations, seniors are integral to building thriving communities in every region of Georgia. I have a plan to expand Medicaid,  lower the cost of insulin and help more seniors age in place by increasing support to housing communities. As governor, I will also champion more reliable non-emergency transportation for seniors, disabled people and others and work to keep their communities safe.

Bolster healthcare access for Georgians.

  • Expand Medicaid to increase healthcare access to seniors who have not yet reached Medicare age and keep more hospitals open 
  • Help more seniors age in place by increasing support to Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Expand access to safe and affordable housing in Georgia.

  • Establish a permanent "Housing Trust Fund" to help seniors stay in affordable, accessible units and aid those facing rising property taxes so they are not forced out of their communities
  • Empower local governments to provide quality housing for aging homeowners and renters

Keep their communities safe by investing in law enforcement, repealing dangerous gun laws and pursuing common-sense reforms.

  • Repeal the criminal carry gun bill signed by Kemp that made it easier for dangerous people to carry concealed weapons
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole by requiring background checks for person-to-person gun sales
  • Repeal “guns everywhere” and gun return laws that endanger the public and are opposed by a majority of Georgians

Put money back in seniors’ pockets.

  • Provide tax rebates for seniors making less than $250,000
  • Create a Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help more than a million working Georgians keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves
  • Expand SNAP benefits for seniors
  • Address COLAs for state retirees

Ensure Georgia’s electricity system is cheaper, more efficient and reliable.

  • Protect Georgians from increased power rates by capping consumer energy costs
  • Help seniors weatherize property to reduce insurance and regular costs

Invest in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure.

  • Champion more reliable non-emergency transportation to ensure seniors, disabled people and others can get to medical appointments, school and work
  • Promote local efforts to launch volunteer driver programs
  • Partner with local communities to expand commuter rail and bus networks, particularly in rural areas

Parents

I believe in One Georgia, where we all thrive and where our children are safe and surrounded by opportunity and possibility. Education is one of the strongest predictors of economic success — both for individuals and for the state’s economy. Unfortunately, Georgia ranks 34th in the nation for preschool and K-12 education. As governor, I will raise the starting teacher pay and increase childcare financial support and paid parental leave while achieving Universal Pre-K. My plan will also expand access to the HOPE scholarship, restore tuition-free technical college, provide mental health resources and repeal campus carry. 

Education and Child Care

  • Expand access to quality child care.
    • Increase childcare financial assistance in all childcare settings
    • Increase paid parental leave by advocating for legislation to give all parents paid time off to care for newborn or recently adopted children and expanding paid leave for Georgia’s state employees
    • Encourage people to enter and stay in early childhood education, especially in hard-to-staff areas, by expand financial support for childcare workers
    • Increase and support quality providers by providing access to $10 million in small business financing programs 
  • Invest in teachers and increase funding for education.
    • Raise the starting teacher pay to $50,000 annually and provide educators with an $11,000 increase to recruit and retain teachers
    • Fully fund Georgia’s comprehensive education funding formula and provide students with the resources they need to learn and succeed
    • Achieve Universal Pre-K that is accessible to all families

Economic Security

  • Expand economic opportunity for all students.
    • Expand access to the HOPE scholarship and fund need-based higher education aid 
    • Restore tuition-free technical college to all Georgians
    • Increase access to good-paying jobs by funding 20,000 apprenticeships
  • Make housing more affordable for everyone. 
    • Support first-time homeowners and provide financial education
    • Establish a permanent "Housing Trust Fund" so that working families facing rapidly increasing property taxes are not forced out of their communities
    • Provide property tax relief for Georgia homeowners
    • Empower local governments to protect homeowners and tenants

Safety and Mental Health

  • Repeal dangerous gun laws.
    • Repeal the criminal carry bill signed by Kemp that made it easier for criminals to carry concealed weapons
    • Close the Gun Show Loophole by requiring background checks for person-to-person gun sales
    • Repeal campus carry, “guns everywhere” and gun return laws that endanger the public and are opposed by a majority of Georgians
  • Expand Medicaid.
    • Increase healthcare access to 500,000 Georgians and keep more hospitals open while lowering cost of care for all by expanding Medicaid 
    • Allow schools to provide counseling and mental health services for low-income families at no additional cost to schools

Disability Community

An effective government must protect civil rights and fight discrimination based on disability. Though it has been more than thirty years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, disabled people are still fighting for inclusion, equal opportunity and economic stability. As governor, I will work in partnership with the disability community in Georgia to fulfill the promises of the ADA: equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.

My plan will establish the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs, improve and expand accessibility in public transportation and increase recruitment and retention of disabled Georgians in the workforce. It will also ensure disabled Georgians live in community-based settings, expand Medicaid, and access to HOPE.

Promote equality and accessibility within Georgia’s government.

  • Establish the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs to advise the governor on the needs of disabled people in Georgia, increase representation of disabled Georgians in state government and monitor state compliance with the ADA
  • Improve and expand accessibility in public transportation statewide
  • Work to end marriage penalties for disabled people receiving Medicaid and/or social security payments
  • Advance communication access across state government through guaranteed ASL interpretation, CART, image descriptions, and plain language translations

Expand access to safe and affordable housing.

  • Update the Olmstead Strategic Plan to ensure disabled Georgians live in community-based settings and not in hospitals or institutions
  • Increase funding for Georgia Housing Voucher Program to ensure low-income disabled people have affordable places to live
  • Provide first-time homeowners with increased funding support and financial education
  • Establish a permanent "Housing Trust Fund" so that working families facing rapidly increasing property taxes are not forced out of their communities
  • Empower local governments to protect homeowners and tenants

Bolster healthcare access for Georgians.

  • Invest $35M per year to fully fund the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waitlist
  • Increase healthcare access to 500,000 Georgians and keep more hospitals open while lowering cost of care for all by expanding Medicaid 
  • Allow Georgians with disabilities to see a healthcare provider without fear of medical debt
  • Grow our network of community health workers, doulas, home-visiting service providers and peer support specialists
  • Create an information hub with resources and guidance to ensure that people with Long COVID have access to the information and support they need

Expand economic opportunity for disabled Georgians without raising taxes.

  • Strengthen the Employment First Act and advance Employment First initiatives to provide greater access to employment
  • Ensure disabled youth have access to resources and support to ensure a successful transition to independent living in adulthood
  • Explore legislative pathways to ending sheltered workshops and subminimum wages that allow disabled people to be paid pennies on the hour
  • Mandate training for all state agencies, universities, and commissions to increase recruitment and retention of disabled Georgians in the workforce
  • Expand access to HOPE and fund need-based aid for higher education
  • Restore tuition-free technical college to all Georgians
  • Create 20,000 apprenticeships across fields ranging from healthcare, coding and construction

Coastal Environment

My plan for One Georgia will protect our coastal communities, prepare us for extreme weather events, ensure safe air and water for our children, and generate significant job growth through advanced energy, innovative technologies and energy efficiency efforts. As governor, I will develop a Coastal Resilience Plan and establish a Coastal Resilience Commission and also protect Georgians from increased power rates. My plan will also establish the Georgia Green Development Bank, connect farmers to federal programs and pursue legislative and regulatory solutions to protect our drinking water and forests.

Protect South Georgia and the coast

  • Establish a Coastal Resilience Commission to ensure Georgia’s diverse coastline is prepared for intense storms and flooding
  • Develop a Coastal Resilience Plan to coordinate programs that assess extreme weather and flood risks to ensure equitable community resilience planning 
  • Safeguard communities from severe weather threats

Invest in Georgia’s energy systems to protect Georgians now and in the future.

  • Protect Georgians from increased power rates by capping consumer energy costs
  • Ensure Georgia’s electricity system is cheaper, more efficient and reliable while better integrating renewable energy
  • Establish the Georgia Green Development Bank to facilitate investment in clean energy and work with interested communities on clean power job creation
  • Provide tax benefits for adopting greener technologies such as cars, commercial buildings and homes
  • Upgrade aging transportation networks

Invest in and support our agricultural families.

  • Ensure rural investment and revitalization by tasking the Georgia Department of Agriculture with creating a resource hub to connect farmers to federal programs including conservation incentives, cover crop initiatives and crop-insurance options
  • Give farmers access to resources and funding through the Georgia Green Development Bank
  • Establish food hub networks, farmers markets and farm-to-school programs through public private partnerships with area food banks
  • Provide additional support for small farmers and scaling local best practices identified though programs such as Georgia Grown

Protect our natural resources.

  • Task a consortium of state agencies and stakeholders to assess Georgia’s natural resources and determine appropriate next steps, including legislation, to safeguard drinking water, forest health and outdoor recreation
  • Pursue legislative and regulatory solutions to toxic coal ash waste by requiring safe storage of coal ash, engage in continuous monitoring of all such toxic storage sites for leaks, and immediately provide alternative water supplies and groundwater remediation when leaks occur.

Protect the environment and biodiversity.

  • Work with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to protect Georgia’s coast and wetlands, including along the coast and the Okefenokee Swamp, to keep these areas safe for tourism and recreation
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