Prioritize investments in K-12 education
Increase the per student investment through strategic local and state initiatives, including funding equity for all Memphis students. As a former state budget analyst for K-12 education, I analyzed over 12 billion dollars in funds to meet the needs of a state 2x the size of Tennessee.
Re-imagine policies and programs that lead to effective schools and teachers. Find the answer to the question: what will it take to be the premier education state in the country?
Increase access to affordable healthcare
I believe quality, affordable healthcare is a human right. If you get sick, have an accident, or need ongoing medical treatment you should not go bankrupt.
Increase investment in treating and preventing chronic diseases statewide, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and more. As a patient advocate for nearly a decade, I know how to think creatively about initiatives to reduce and prevent chronic disease that increase quality of life and decrease dollars spent.
Reduce poverty in Memphis and statewide
- Set and gradually increase a state minimum wage to a livable one as part of a statewide economic plan to reduce poverty rates for individuals and families. This includes: reducing the financial burden of child care, elder care, and student loans, which are keeping people from getting or staying ahead.
Support wrap-around social services that help families get and stay ahead.