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JENNIE SHERWOOD ON THE ISSUES
Right now, our economy is facing perhaps the greatest challenge in a century.
Budgets, not just at home, but across our state and across the country have taken a beating through no fault of our own. But we've been through hardship before. My family fought hand in hand with our community through the great recession when it hit our community in 2008, and I know that we can do it again now.
The truth is, our next legislative session will be a fight and we will need someone who is going to be ready to stand up for our workers, our small businesses, our homeowners, our schools, and the future of Nevada.
For too long, our Assembly District hasn't had a voice in our legislature — I am ready to fight for you.
As part of my bargaining unit, fighting for contracts, I know what it takes to build a consensus that protects those of us who do the work and keeps us from being left out in the cold by those at the top.
We will need to build our way out of this, including investing in job training, small business loans, and apprenticeship programs, and making sure we secure unemployment insurance while working to attract the kind of skilled talent to Nevada that we need to return jobs to the state.
We will also need to shift our tax code to favor Nevada businesses and those who invest back into the Silver State. Corporations who are merely here to remove whatever profit they can from Nevada should not be at the front of the line when they're the first to leave Nevada workers off their priority list, especially not now.
To hit our state budget, the temptation will be to squeeze a middle class that has been squeezed for too long and to force the "working poor" to bear more of a burden than ever.
I reject that path and will fight for you.
This is Nevada, we have built our way out of tough times before, and as we rebuild our economy, we should focus on the middle class and on protecting the safety and security of those who put in a hard days work to make Nevada home.
There is no way we will bring the jobs we want to Nevada without seriously improving education in our state.
Ranking at the bottom of the nation isn't just a shame, it's unacceptable.
Growing up in Las Vegas, I've watched intelligent, hardworking Nevadans either not reach their potential in our schools, or be forced to leave the state because our schools were unable to help them reach their full potential.
Nevada's education can be second to none, and it will be, if we commit to it.
I will support increased school funding in both construction and resources for our teachers and students. But as Nevada parents know, more money alone isn't enough.
To unleash the true talent our educators possess and give them the freedom to teach and connect with our children, we need to move teachers away from a 'teach to the test' mentality. We need to focus on growth over arbitrary standard of proficiency and expand magnet and Zoom school programs.
Our children need to learn how to critically think and analyze. Let's increase trade schooling in high school and beyond. Let's provide our youth options for diverse careers, and allow adults to strengthen their job prospects.
Skilled talent is the essential building block for companies looking to move to and expand across Nevada, and we foster that talent by making sure Nevada's children get a great education.
Health care in America should be a right, not a privilege.
Politicians often talk about "affordable healthcare" all the time, but what does that really mean?
Yes, the Affordable Care Act brought down the cost of health insurance for many, but there are still far too many Nevadans who are just one accident or illness away from financial ruin.
We spend more on healthcare per citizen in this country than anywhere else in the world, only far too many of us still can’t afford the care we deserve.
Like you, I’d at least like get my money's worth for all the money I spend on health insurance.
What can we do on the state level?
Nevada needs more doctors, more mental health professionals, and more resources to fight addiction.
Additionally, let's look at instituting price guidelines on medical care and procedures, require transparent pricing for both medical procedures and prescription drugs.
Let’s give patients an idea of how much it will cost to you to get healthy again, before you get hit with the bill.
Making your insurance up front with and accountable to you about what they will actually pay should be something we can make happen in the state legislature so long as we have a governor as committed to reform as we are in the legislature.
There is simply no reason that Nevada is not a national leader in renewable energy.
In the 2017 State Legislative session, good progress was made in reversing the decision to punish homeowners who have invested in solar, but there's still more to do, not just for homeowners but for our economy and the state as a whole.
We need to be forward thinking, looking to attract businesses in the renewable energy sector that can come to Nevada and bring good paying, long-term jobs.
We should also be looking at ways to bring the state up to renewable energy benchmarks. These will not only prepare Nevada's businesses for the future, but help protect our air and water for generations to come.
The good news about this is much of it can be done on the state level. While we may still look for federal help to maintain water and air safety standards, we can set many of our own goals with regard to renewable energy and green technology investment.
That's why we need to make sure we have people in elected office who are committed to moving us forward, in ways that can both reduce our energy bills and provide jobs for Nevada's future.
Year after year, our homeless population unfortunately continues to expand. It’s to the point now where it’s becoming part of the landscape.
This is unacceptable.
There's has to be more we can do for those who’ve found themselves on the outside of the economy looking in.
Our current model is not good enough, it's neither solving nor preventing homelessness. It’s time for a change and we need to find a better solution for this issue without putting an undue burden on Nevada’s taxpayers.
There are transitional housing options we could explore in state, ways for persons living on the street to get a fresh start. Cost effective ways to give the ones who need it an address, a shower, and access to the social services they qualify for.
Good Samaritans will always be welcome to contribute or donate in any way they want. But there needs to be ways that our state looks out for the Nevadans who may have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
Doing so can save our cities and our state significant resources, not to mention clean up the pop-up tent cities and street corners that continue to dot the landscape.
Criminal Justice Reform
Criminal Justice Reform
Are we always going to be the country with the most prisoners?
Are taxpayers consistently going pay an ever-increasing cost to lock more and more people away, with no rehabilitation, forever?
Like many Nevadans, I believe we can keep our streets safe without overcrowding our jails.
Currently, our prison system is just an endless cycle of housing and re-housing the same faces. It's time to educate, train, and address the wounds of criminal behavior.
This means taking on the cycle of addiction. Confronting the school-to-prison pipeline, and breaking cycles of violence before they begin.Let's free up the justice system from being forced to jail low-level, non-violent offenders and the mentally ill.
Let’s listen to the communities begging for a voice in the criminal justice system. Let’s address the need for de-escalation training and the use of deadly force.
Policing needs to be safer for the men and women who protect and serve our communities everyday—and for the citizens who rely on our officers to keep them safe.
Nevada’s law enforcement officers need to be able to trust their communities and vice versa.
We can do better, but it starts with us having honest conversations about the cost of over-incarceration, a cost that is paid for by law enforcement and civilians alike.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of things the general public and gun owners agree on when it comes to “gun control.”
First, as a responsible gun owner myself, I will be the first to tell you that if you’re not well-trained on how to use your firearm, you shouldn’t own a firearm in the first place.
Tragically, it is far more likely that a gun in the household will lead to an accidental shooting than it ever will end up being used for its intended purpose of self-defense.
With that in mind, it's not surprising that gun owners are usually the first to say yes, let’s make safety training more accessible. And, yes, let’s make it more difficult for domestic abusers and the mentally ill to obtain and possess firearms.
These are not radical notions.
Law abiding, responsible gun owners seem to have no problem getting a background check.
As a legislator, I would never ask any gun owner to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.
And, as a gun owner, I have taken the steps to secure my firearm from children and thieves. It’s not difficult, responsible gun owners do it every day.
There are responsible solutions on guns that are overwhelmingly supported by the majority of Americans and the majority of gun owners.
Despite the hype, I truly believe this is an issue we can come together on.
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