Education has been an integral part of my life. From grammar school through graduate school, I have developed a deep affinity for the educators who have molded my career. Yet, this appreciation began within my family unit. I was directly influenced by my paternal grandparents who were both school teachers. Both of them took pride in the profession of teaching as it allowed them to shape the minds of young people. However, being an educator in the 21st century has a different landscape than previous years. Budget cuts to education coupled with poor teacher pay has made it difficult to pursue a career in education. As a result, our children, the future of this nation, will be denied a quality education.
If elected Georgia Lieutenant Governor, I would push for the following:
- Increase teacher salaries to average of the top 5 states in the country with respect to level of education and years in service
- Develop teacher advisory committee to advocate and advise GA political leadership on a progressive curriculum including teaching practical subjects (practical finance, entrepreneurship) for students, offer trade programs, support for special education, infrastructure improvements and technology including state satellite internet for students across Georgia
- Improve educational access for students statewide by increasing funding to the Hope scholarship
- Subsidize tuition for 2 year community college for graduating high school students with at least 2 years of state residency. In exchange, scholars are expected to work in Georgia’s underserved communities 2 years post schooling
With your support, we can, again, make education a priority for all Georgians.
Providing for the best interest of patients is the core philosophy of my medical practice. As a former public health doctor with National Health Service Corp, I understand how access to quality and affordable healthcare is critical to our most vulnerable patient populations.
In 2018, Georgia ranked as the 3rd worst state in the Union with 1.4 million uninsured residents.1 Over the next decade, the state of Georgia will lose 45.5 billion dollars of federal funding by not accepting ACA Medicaid Expansion.2 This decision, by our current administration, to NOT accept Medicaid Expansion will negatively affect Georgia residents who need access to healthcare. Also, this decision will financially harm hospitals that provide care to our most vulnerable patients.
By expanding Medicaid, Georgia would be able to offer an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 residents health insurance.2 This would make a positive impact on the health of eligible Georgia residents, especially children, the mentally ill, the physically disabled and older patients who are not eligible for Medicare.
If I am elected Georgia Lieutenant Governor, I would not only be in favor of Georgia Medicaid expansion but focus on the following:
- Increase the recruitment and retention of quality physicians and mid-levels to provide care for the new influx of patients
- Push for the construction of community health centers in designated medically underserved areas in Georgia including the construction of mental health and substance abuse recovery centers
- Incentivize and aid smaller physician practices who want to provide care to Medicaid patients
- Earmark federal funds for hospitals that provide care to vulnerable patients
As a result of these initiatives, quality and affordable healthcare will remain a viable option for people in medical need.
1“Georgia Adds 36,000 to Uninsured Rolls, Ranks 3rd Worst in US”, Hart, Ariel, 2019, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 09.10.2019
2“Georgia and the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion”, Norris, Louise, 2019, Healthinsurance.org, 11.04.2019
Improving the health of the state means improving our economic standing through job creation, job utilization and supporting small businesses. When we create jobs and utilize them, communities improve. We will see less crime, better healthcare and a renewed sense of community well-being. As a small business owner, I understand how entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on communities. As your next Georgia Lieutenant Governor, I plan to push for the following economic initiatives:
- Advocate for small business tax breaks
- Advocate for Georgia Medicaid Expansion to include small businesses
- Develop a Small Business Association (SBA) equivalent for Georgia small businesses
- Bring new industry to the state through tax breaks
- Incentivize corporations to invest in disenfranchised and rural communities through job creation that focuses on community hiring
Jason Hayes is a candidate that Georgia can trust. With your support, we can “grow the pie” to ensure everyone has success in Georgia!
Over 100 years ago, Black Americans were denied the right to vote in the post-reconstruction era of the late 1800’s. This voter disenfranchisement included the creation of Black Codes and Grandfather Clauses that prohibited Black Americans from voting well into the early 1960’s. It took an Act of Congress during the Civil Rights Era for Blacks to regain the right to vote. Now, we have been subjected to SB 202. This law is attempting to return our great state to the Jim Crow Era.
As your next Georgia Lieutenant Governor, I plan to be aggressively advocate for the following:
- Enhance voter education regarding the voting process and rights
- Increase voter access by increasing the days to vote and expanding hours accommodate working Georgians
- Improve access to vote by mail and dropbox by allowing more sites while under 24/7 supervision
- Improve recruitment and retention of poll workers
- Invest in new technology for voting including vote by computer
As your next Lieutenant Governor, I will be committed to abolishing SB 202. I will work collaboratively with other legislators and the Governor of Georgia to ensure that we protect all Georgians’ “Right To Vote”.