Democratic nominee for Governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams envisions a Georgia where rural communities are listened to and respected, where people can live where they choose with full access to the jobs, education, and health care they need to thrive. Not only does she have a comprehensive plan for rural Georgia, every policy plan released by her campaign lays out the benefits for rural Georgians, specifically.
From child care to veterans, from health care to advanced energy jobs, Stacey Abrams understands that rural Georgians need individualized plans to overcome their unique challenges and embrace their unique opportunities.
Stacey Abrams’ number one priority as Governor? Expand Medicaid. Among the states that have not expanded Medicaid, Georgia has thesecond-highest uninsured rate for low-income rural adults. Stacey Abrams understands that rural areas will stand to benefit from Medicaid more than any other area. Expanding Medicaid will provide accessible, quality healthcare to Georgians in every corner of the state, bring 56,000 new health care jobs to rural areas and prevent the closure of even more rural hospitals. She also has plans to attract premier healthcare professionals to rural Georgia via service cancellable loans, and increase apprenticeships throughout rural Georgians so people that live in these areas can gain skills and serve their communities right where they live. President Jimmy Carter agrees this is the best plan to protect rural Georgia’s health and well-being.
See full Health Care plan here.
Stacey Abrams’ K-12 Public Education plan is shaped, in part, by the specific challenges rural students face while attending our public schools. In these struggling areas, we must provide additional resources to ensure rural students have stable student transportation, the same AP course offerings provided to students in more urban areas, continued support for 4-H youth development initiatives, a strengthened library system and after-school programming to supplement classroom learning. Stacey Abrams knows we must offer competitive pay for our dedicated rural educators and, by offering family-supporting salaries, we can contribute to stable rural economies.
See full Education plan here.
Abrams’ administration will promote industries we know will be job generators for rural Georgia, including agriculture and energy. Stacey Abrams’ Advanced Energy Jobs Plan sees a future for energy infrastructure in all 159 counties, which will generate 25,000 to 45,000 good jobs in the fields of manufacturing, installation, construction, coding and operation and in industries such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass.
See full Advanced Energy Jobs plan here.
Access to broadband affects a rural Georgian’s ability to get quality medical advice, to do well in school, and to ensure the success of a small business. In Stacey Abrams’ “Jobs for Georgia” plan, she outlines the importance of critical infrastructure like broadband for small business owners. Businesses cannot grow without internet access, yet 638,000 Georgia households live in areas that lack access to high-speed internet. Stacey Abrams understands internet access for all of Georgia is the first step to build a stable, diverse economy. As Governor, Abrams will support the Department of Transportation’s ongoing efforts to use our right of ways for broadband expansion and advance the new framework from Senate Bill 402 to identify and close gaps.
See full Jobs for Georgia plan here.
An estimated 800,000 rural Georgians live in child care deserts where high-quality care is not available or not affordable for parents. Families with children with disabilities, and caregivers who work nontraditional hours, face additional obstacles in seeking care. In order to address this deficit, Abrams will invest in the Bold Start Scholarship program to allow rural families the access to dependable child care services. Any family spending more of their income on child care than our affordability standard will qualify, so every child in Georgia can have a bold start and every parent in Georgia can have greater employment opportunities.
See full Child Care plan here.
Georgia veterans are more likely than non-veterans to live in rural Georgia. With about 190,000 veterans residing in rural Georgia today, Stacey Abrams knows many of their challenges are unique: lack of Internet access, longer travel times to health providers and more limited employment opportunities. Abrams’ plans for economic development, infrastructure, health, and education address the challenges veterans in rural Georgia face every day.
See full Veterans plan here.
Beyond broadband, our state deserves strong infrastructure in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike. With jobs-rich infrastructure investments, we can provide good jobs for rural Georgians at every skill level while improving our airports, roads and bridges, transit systems, rail, ports, energy projects and water systems. As Governor, Stacey Abrams will also advocate for equity in transportation spending, so that those state resources will reach all communities.
See full Jobs for Georgia plan here.