Tennessee needs an economy that works for everyone, not just the select few at the top. Hardworking people in our state shouldn’t have the reality of working multiple jobs and 40+ hours a week while still struggling to make ends meet. My family was hit hard by the 2008 recession and I know what it feels like to stress over every penny.
I will work to increase the minimum wage and make sure the tax cuts in our state benefit those that need them the most. I’ll focus on ensuring the women in Tennessee are paid equitably to their male counterparts; your gender should not define the value of your time and expertise. The Tennessee Promise is a great start, but I will also aim to increase access to vocational schools and vocational training knowing that often these industries are the heartbeat of our community. I will look for new ways our state can invest in Tennessee’s critical infrastructure like roads, railways, and broadband service to make sure we have a healthy foundation for new jobs and growth.