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Together We Will

ECONOMY AND JOBS 

If we want The Valley to be ready for the jobs of the future, we must prepare now. Part of the work begins by educating high school and college graduates about these opportunities. If we can introduce on-the-job coaching, training and development, we can fortify our workforce as we go. We have always been a source of opportunity for trade work, let’s not stop now. The valley was a hub for steel working and car manufacturing and now we have a chance to be a hub for future industries. TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and strengthened our workforce in the tech industry. This training takes less than a year to complete and will prepare current and future employees for this industry. It’s time to expand these opportunities to move our area forward.

MORE TRADE WORKERS/TECH CRED

BUILD THRIVING WAGES

A partnership with businesses can be formed to build thriving wages. Ohio’s minimum wage is not enough. Only four of the top 10 occupations in our area offer a livable wage. A good wage for one family will have a ripple effect throughout our community and economy. The State of Ohio needs to provide tax incentives to businesses who are paying their employees good and fair wages.

OHIO FAIRNESS ACT

Together we will fight to pass the Ohio Fairness Act to ensure that no Ohioan is open to discrimination in the workplace. This bill expands anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Our residents need an opportunity to earn a livable wage and to feel safe and protected while doing so. 

 

MAKING OHIO THE CLEAN ENERGY HUB OF THE MIDWEST

NEW ECONOMY JOBS

Eastern Ohio is uniquely situated, both in size and location, for billions of dollars of investment from the solar industry. Unfortunately, Republicans at the Statehouse continue to build roadblocks to the energy of the future. It’s time to take advantage of this opportunity and invest in clean alternatives to fossil fuels. 

Installing and servicing solar arrays and turbine farms could be a leading industry in our state if our leaders decided to stop standing in the way. Legislators need to work with businesses to expand these opportunities and put Ohioans to work. We have a highly skilled workforce that has been left behind by the companies we used to depend on. It’s time to put them back to work. 

We also need to get the next generation ready for careers in clean energy. We need to fund our high schools and technical schools to provide the training that our future generations need to land these high paying jobs.

CLEAN WATER

Residents of Trumbull County consistently experience flooding with a heavy rain. Across our county, this rural and urban issue is causing residents to fix the issue out of their pockets. Everyday sewage, toxic chemicals, manure, and fertilizers are seeping into our water. Public water system improvements are consistently underfunded. This highlights the gap between poorer and more affluent communities when it comes to the financial burden of providing access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water. 

Funding for clean water and sewage can improve quality of life and give our residents reliable access to clean water and address the failing sewage systems which are a threat to public health and the environment. 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH REFORM

The population of our older adults is expected to increase over the decades to come. It is imperative that we address issues that could cause a public health crisis in the future. We have the chance to improve the quality of aging starting now. Caregivers, STNAs and HHAs are underpaid and overworked. The minimum wage in Ohio is not the same as the livable wage. This essential occupation is not exempt from the jobs that do not offer a good and fair wage. We need to incentivize those companies that hire within this industry and pay their employees what they deserve and regulate their workload. 

COMPENSATION AND REGULATION

AGING IN PLACE

In addition to the improvements that will be made around institutionalization, we must also improve the quality of aging in place. When executed correctly and appropriately, providing services and programs for our older adults to age in place can have social and economic benefits as an alternative to institutional care. 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG CO-PAY INTEGRITY ACT

A bipartisan bill was introduced to prohibit gag rules that prevent pharmacists from informing consumers when they are overpaying for prescription drugs. This is a small step in assuring that costs of medicine are lowered. We must continue to chip away at the teeth of big pharma. Medicine for all Americans is too expensive. When a single father of two has to choose whether to pay for their electric or purchase his son’s insulin or when an older adult has to choose whether to buy groceries or refill their prescription, we must take action to pass this integrity act.

 

TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESS TO BASIC NEEDS

We need to improve the WRTA. We must have more stops that cover so that grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, government and health services are accessible for all. Just this year, the WRTA changed their policy to only allow riders to get on and off the bus at designated bus stops. With so few bus stops around the city and nearly none outside of Warren, this places an undue burden on our community. Residents now have to travel further from their homes to get picked up or walk further from their job or grocery store back to the designated stop. If the WRTA is going to mandate that you can only use designated stops, then there needs to be more options available in more accessible locations. 

TRANSIT SYSTEM

SIDEWALKS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

We can and should treat sidewalks with equal importance as we do roads. Improper road maintenance can and has led to serious injuries and deaths. Our sidewalks are a critical piece of infrastructure that are too often overlooked when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Sidewalks cover primary areas so that our youth can get to school, our parents can safely push strollers, children can walk to the park, our community can exercise, our older adults can get to the pharmacy, we can travel without engaging in a street fight with cars and trucks.

In addition to safe ways to our most basic needs, the increased foot traffic can benefit businesses. Walkable and active streets create foot traffic that fuels local shops. It is more likely that a pedestrian will stop by a shop when walking than for a driver to find parking and stop by the shop. Studies have shown that pedestrians are likely to spend more money shopping than drivers. 

Sidewalks offer safe ways to the most basic of needs and benefit businesses. When sidewalks are not safe, our basic needs are not accessible. Safety and accessibility are linked and we need one to have the other. It’s time for the state to step in and fill this void. The Ohio Department of Transportation will spend nearly $2 billion during this year's construction season. Those dollars will go towards maintenance, safety and repairs for existing bridges and roads. 

FOOD DESERTS

Tens of thousands of Ohio residents experience food insecurity meaning our communities lack consistent access to healthy and quality food and those that live in minority communities and rural areas are more largely impacted. Children, older adults and residents with disabilities are particularly vulnerable.

A corner store that carries over-priced milk is not a grocery store. A gas station or convenience store that carries canned goods is not a grocery store. A dollar store that does not have a market is not a grocery store. The tens of thousands of Trumbull County residents who are food insecure deserve a grocery store that offers fresh foods and produce coming from gardens and farms. They do not deserve low quality overpriced goods. It is important to our community to have someone to fight alongside organizations looking to address these issues in our communities. 

 
 

EQUALITY IN THE WORKFORCE

Women have come far in breaking up the boys club culture but there’s more work to be done. Women are STILL making less than men and women of color STILL make even less. Not only do women make less than men but the most successful jobs which require long working hours and incredible amounts of travel, are reserved for men. The equality fight is not solely about pay but is about equalizing the workload and responsibilities to make them fair and equal regardless of gender. 

EQUAL PAY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

WAGE DISPARITY

A white woman makes $0.73 of the white male dollar. Black women make $0.61 and Hispanic women make $0.53. This disparity exists regardless of education and job description. Women make up two thirds of the U.S. workforce but that doesn’t mean women deserve two-third of the pay. According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, if current trends continue in Ohio white women won’t reach the same pay as white men until the year 2055. For black women, that year is 2133. For Hispanic women, that year is 2220. It will take white women 34 years to make the same pay as white men. It will take black women 112 years to make the same pay as white men. It will take Hispanic women 199 years to make the same pay as white men. We must act now to eliminate the wage gap for the future.

EQUAL PAY ACT

The Ohio Equal Pay Act was reintroduced by State Representatives Howse and Miranda. The Ohio Equal Pay Act would prohibit gag orders on employees to prevent them from talking about their salaries. It would require vendors who do business or want to do business with the state to obtain an Equal Pay Certificate showing that women at their company are given an equal opportunity for career advancement. There should be a standard rate of raises and compensation that gives guidelines for companies to follow. This would require our government to evaluate their employees pay scales to ensure compensation is based on skills, responsibilities, and working conditions regardless of job category.

PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS FOR EVERY BODY

The Republican majority on the Supreme Court of the United States is poised to overturn the monumental verdict from Roe v. Wade allowing for the constitutional right to abortion. We have had this right for nearly 50 years yet it is being threatened by the highest court in the land and will be fortified by the General Assembly of Ohio. In 2022 the decision of Roe v. Wade is more than a discussion on the right to abortion but a right to essential healthcare. We are talking about the reproductive freedom and health of birthing people across the United States.  

Overturning this decision will not stop people from seeking an abortion, however, it will ensure people who are seeking an abortion will be forced to travel outside their state if they have the means, or seek a dangerous, life-threatening procedure. Overturning Roe v. wade does not preserve life, it threatens it. 

THE RIGHT FIGHT

Let’s be perfectly clear, the fight against reproductive freedom is the wrong one. There is legislation in the Statehouse right now that will undue burdens and obstacles in the way of birthing people and physicians. House Bill 598 was introduced in the Statehouse and would ban doctors from performing abortions in Ohio, making it a fourth-degree felony. This bill, as written, has no exception for rape or incest.

We need to fight with the same fervor for pre-natal care, eliminating birthing deserts, paid family leave, universal Pre-K, gun reform to stop school schools, and extending the child tax credit. Republicans are concerned about making sure babies are born but are not focused on what happens when they get here.