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Social Mobility

From personal experience, I understand that where we begin should not determine where we finish. Growing up with five siblings whose parents worked hard and still struggled to pay their bills, my parents wanted to secure the best education for their six children and achieve the American Dream. They taught us that the keys to success are faith, family, service, education and responsibility. But they also showed my siblings and I that we are responsible for making the world fairer, wherever and whenever we can.

In today’s Georgia, a lot of folks are doing fine, some are doing extremely well and others have exactly what they want. We should celebrate success in Georgia, but we can never act as though opportunity is a privilege. 
As governor, I will be committed to tackling the barriers that prevent too many Georgians from dreaming big and moving forward. Your zip code, background or access to power should not decide you or your family’s future.

Seniors

Georgia’s senior citizens are a tremendous asset to our state. Whether by virtue of their life experience in our state’s diverse workforce or the volunteer leadership they provide for our community organizations, seniors are integral to building thriving communities in every region of Georgia. 

  • Strengthen Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Help more seniors age in place by increasing support to the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, which offer critical connections between seniors and services. 
  • Devote resources to the Community Care Services program and Home and Community Based Service program. Cut wait times and waitlists for services such as home health aides, delivered meals and personal care needs.
  • Improve Transportation Options for Seniors. Increase access to and quantity of reliable, efficient non-emergency medical transportation to ensure seniors and others can get to their medical appointments. Additionally, we will promote local efforts to launch volunteer driver programs.
  • Expand Medicaid. Help early seniors who have not reached Medicare-age, namely, seniors who have lost their jobs or work for employers that do not offer health coverage. Medicaid expansion will also infuse more funds into the system to meet the assisted living needs of more seniors.
  • Re-energize the Older Adults Cabinet. Georgia’s Older Adults Cabinet has provided cross-sector collaboration among state agencies, providers and nonprofits to address the challenges facing seniors. We are eager to reinstate this important work.

Immigration

Every person should be treated with basic human dignity and respect, including members of the immigrant community who are part of the fabric of our state. We must pursue fair, just and comprehensive immigration reform that balances the conversation of safety with the need to create a pathway to citizenship for individuals in this country. 

  • Oppose Separation of Children. I strongly oppose the cruel and immoral practice of separating migrant children from their parents. Regardless of political party, all of us must stand up and speak up for the voiceless — or risk inflicting irreparable damage on these families and to our nation.
  • Improve Community Relations with Immigrant Communities. Georgia must reject behavior that forces people into the shadows and prevents any resident from reporting crimes, either as a victim or a witness. That system undermines the ability of law enforcement to do their job and harms us all.
  • Grant Academic Access to DREAMers. I will defend the rights of DREAMers as they pursue their educational goals. My plan for higher education helps put every Georgian on a pathway to debt-free post-secondary education. Many people do not realize that the governor has the ability to appoint the Board of Regents, which oversees our post-secondary system. As governor, I will make sure immigrants, women, people of color, and people with disabilities serve on the Board of Regents. 

LGBTQ+ Georgians

Throughout my career in public service, I have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to supporting equality for LGBTQ+ Georgians. An effective government must protect civil rights and fight discrimination. From supporting marriage equality and comprehensive workplace protections to opposing any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, I am ready to build a stronger, brighter state where the gates of opportunity are open to every Georgian.

  • Enhance and Embrace Civil and Human Rights.  Adopt protections in housing, employment and public accommodations for all Georgians, including those who fear discrimination.
  • Respect Georgia’s Families. Bolster the rights of LGBTQ+ parents who seek to grow their families but do not yet have necessary legal protections.
  • Nurture and Protect LGBTQ+ children. Cultivate school programs that proactively support LGBTQ+ kids and work to halt bullying, harassment and discrimination.
  • Support a Fair and Diverse Economy for all Georgians. Reform the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity into the Georgia Commission on Human Rights to set clear pathways for harassment complaints, be a referral point for Georgia workers, and oversee mediation or investigations into harassment for those workers who do not fall under federal purview.
  • Enhance and Embrace Civil and Human Rights. Adopt protections in housing, employment and public accommodations for all Georgians, including those who fear discrimination.
  • Respect Georgia’s Families. Bolster the rights of LGBTQ+ parents who seek to grow their families but do not yet have necessary legal protections.
  • Expand Medicaid funding to cover Georgians living with HIV/AIDS. The state of Georgia has the highest rate of new HIV cases compared to any other state. In 2022, Brian Kemp vetoed the implementation of a 1115 waiver to provide Medicaid benefits to those living with HIV. Medicaid Expansion would eliminate the need for a 1115 waiver and cover prescription drugs, inpatient and outpatient care, and those preventative wrap-around services to help Georgians living with AIDS suppress the virus. 55% of Georgians living with HIV will become Medicaid eligible when we expand Medicaid. Approximately $53.7 million would be available to expand services and serve additional people.
  • Implement a Statewide Strategy with a Defined Timeline to Indefinitely Reduce the Spread of AIDS in Georgia. Work with the Department of Public Health to develop and implement a statewide strategy to end the AIDS epidemic in Georgia by 2030 in accordance with the national public health strategy. Preventing new infections, improving health outcomes, reducing HIV/AIDS-related disparities and providing widespread education about the virus will reduce and eventually eliminate this epidemic in our communities. This strategy will also include strengthening the capacity of our county health departments in rural communities to provide education and facilitate access to PrEP.
  • Lift the Ban Against Trans Kids’ Participation in Sports. Repeal the law that allowed the Georgia High School Association the power to ban transgender children from participating in school-sponsored sports. There is no direct or consistent research suggesting transgender children have an athletic advantage at any stage of their transition. Transgender youth should have the right to participate in all competitive athletic events, and students must be shielded from prohibitive policies that cause harm to our most vulnerable. 
  • Advocate for Programming in Schools to Inform Educators on Preventing Bullying. Preventing bullying and cyberbullying for the marginalized is an important priority to prevent self-harm and suicide. Students who are bullied are more likely to drop out of school and develop depression. Stronger and more effective bullying interventions will ensure that all students have a safe learning environment.
  • Protect Families from Government Overreach. Seven years after the United States Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality, Georgia's constitution still defines marriage only as between a man and a woman. To ensure that all families are recognized and protected, we will seek to repeal this dated language from the Georgia Constitution. 
  • Fair and Diverse Economy for all Georgians. Reform the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity into the Georgia Commission on Human Rights. This restructured commission will have the ability to set clear pathways for harassment complaints, be a referral point for Georgia workers, and oversee mediation or investigations into harassment for those workers who do not fall under federal purview.
  • Invest in Transitional Housing for Survivors of Human Trafficking. Access federal funds to expand transitional housing for those who have been trafficked, including boys and men. Set up specific support in the form of housing and recovery for LGBTQ+ people who are trafficked.

Disability Rights

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.

  • Establish the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs to advise the governor on the needs of disabled people in Georgia, work to increase the representation of disabled Georgians throughout state government and monitor state compliance with the ADA.
  • Fully expand Medicaid:
    • Medicaid expansion will extend health coverage to more than half a million low-income Georgians.
    • When we expand Medicaid, low-income disabled Georgians or chronic health conditions that do not meet the very strict legal definitions for Social Security Insurance (SSI) can become eligible for Medicaid based on income, which would facilitate access to the health care services they need.  
  • Work to end marriage penalties for disabled people: Work with Georgia's federal elected officials to pass legislation ending marriage penalties for disabled people receiving Medicaid and/or social security payments. 
  • Review and assess whether all state facilities are ADA compliant: Have representatives from the newly-established Office of Disability Rights survey all state run facilities to ensure ADA compliant. Create a full report of which facilities are in need of updates and an action plan to make them compliant.
  • Provide resources and support for disabled youth transitioning into adulthood: Ensure disabled youth have access to resources and support ensuring their successful transition to independent living, going to college, finding employment, and having the healthcare they need to thrive.
  • Expand community living and affordable, accessible housing opportunities for Georgians with disabilities
    • Develop an updated Olmstead Strategic Plan ensuring disabled Georgians live in community-based settings and not in hospitals and institutions.
    • Increase funding for Georgia Housing Voucher Program to ensure low-income disabled people have affordable places to live.
  • Increase access to job opportunities for disabled Georgians
    • Strengthen the Employment First Act and advance Employment First initiatives to provide greater access to employment.
    • 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.
    • Recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Georgia through public proclamation.
  • Improve accessibility.
    • Utilize federal funds through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make public transportation more accessible and create more accessible routes statewide, particularly in rural areas of Georgia.
    • Advance communication access from the executive branch, all state agencies and in emergency communications for those who are Deaf and hard of hearing, blind and low vision, deafblind, and people with IDD through guaranteed ASL interpretation, CART, image descriptions, and plain language translations.
  • Fully Fund HCBS Waitlist. There are 7,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities waiting for care in their homes and to help others transition out of institutions.
  • Support for those with Long COVID. Create an information hub with resources and guidance to ensure that people with Long COVID have access to the information they need to advocate for themselves and their rights. Explore pathways for providing financial assistance to people with Long COVID to help lessen the burden of medical cost, including helping individuals apply for federal disability that they are entitled to.
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