During the months of August and September I hosted an online question and answer session called a Crowd Hall. I received many important questions, some of which I will highlight in blog posts. This first one is as follows:
What do you see as the 3 biggest challenges for Ohioans today & in what ways would you try to begin the process of changing or fixing them?
Our campaign will focus on real solutions to Ohio’s three greatest challenges: jobs, education, and infrastructure. These challenges are complex and inter-related but by focusing on Opportunity, Empowerment, and Innovation, I believe that together we can create a better tomorrow and a brighter Ohio.
- Create new jobs by renovating and updating our country’s aging transportation infrastructure, and expanding opportunities in agriculture,
- Improve and incentives funding education sector, both in terms of retaining the aging workforce for new jobs, as well as increasing the availability of head start and early childhood education programs,
- Make the minimum wage a living wage.
- Close loopholes in the tax code to enable corporations seeing record profits to “pay it forward” so that the next generation has the same opportunities and advantages that they benefitted from.
- Improve funding for “welfare to work” programs that help break the cycle of poverty and effectively help people transition back into full time employment.
- Improve federal funding for Head Start and preschool programs, which invests in our future and helps keep families employed.
- Make college more affordable; income based repayment on loans, low interest student loans that are repayable if you go into more avenues of public service.
- Expand access to new sources of renewable energy and technological infrastructure, (high speed internet and wireless infrastructure, along with plug in stations, solar & wind energy, as well as ecologically responsible methods of natural gas extraction and transportation)
- Ohio produces 1.129 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 45th in the country. Introduce a sound green energy policy that will lead to more jobs for all Ohioans.
- Develop traditional infrastructure improvements through projects like the Brent Spence Bridge, which is estimated to cost $2.8 billion – (the cost of four days of war in Iraq.) If we spend a little less time knocking down things overseas, we can spend a little more time building things up over here.