Priorities

EDUCATION

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 Lieutenant Governor, I would push for an increase teacher salary to be the average salary of top 5 states in country according to education level and years in service, develop teacher advisory committee to advocate and advise GA political leadership on new curriculum including teaching practical subjects (basics finance, home economics) for students, bringing back trade school, support for special education, infrastructure improvements and technology including state satellite internet for students across Georgia.  Improve educational outreach for students state wide by increasing funding to hope scholarship, subsidize tuition for 2 year community college for graduating high school Georgia resident with at least 2 years of residency.  Eligibility will count if you work in an underserved community 2 years post schooling. 

With your support, we can, again, make Education a priority for all Georgians. 

HEALTHCARE

Providing for the best interest of patients is the core philosophy of my medical practice. As a former National Health Service Corp physician, 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.

Furthermore, ACA Medicaid Expansion would have a positive impact on small businesses. As small business owner, I understand the complexities of operating a business which includes providing employee benefits. By expanding Georgia Medicaid, small business owners and their employees would have access to affordable healthcare. This would provide support to small businesses while they remain competitive in the marketplace.

If I am elected Georgia Lieutenant Governor , I would not only be in favor of Georgia Medicaid expansion but focus on the delivery of this healthcare. I would push Georgia Medicaid Expansion to include the recruitment and retention of quality physicians and mid-levels to provide care for the new influx of patients. With the support of the Department of Health and Human Services, I would advocate for the construction of community health centers in designated medically underserved areas in Georgia. In this manner, patients can receive quality primary and preventive care from recruited medical personnel. Next, I would propose the use of federal funds to aid smaller physician practices who are susceptible to marketplace fluctuations. These payments would incentivize these practices to provide care to Medicaid patients. Finally, I would push to earmark federal funds for hospitals that provide care to vulnerable patients. As a result, these institutions 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

Economic Growth

Improving the health of state means improving our economic standing by job creation. When we create jobs communities improve.  We 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 support small businesses in the following:

  • Advocate for small business tax breaks
  • Advocate for Georgia Medicaid Expansion to include small business 
  • Develop a SBA equivalent for Georgia small businesses
  • Bring new industry to the state through tax breaks
  • Incentive corporations to invest in disenfranchised and rural communities through job creation that focuses on community  hiring 
  • Bring back a renewed interest in farming and support farm to table initiatives 

Jason Hayes is a candidate that small business in Georgia can trust. With your support, we can “grow the pie” to ensure everyone has success in Georgia !

VOTER PROTECTION

For centuries, monitories in particular Black Americans were denied the right to vote post-reconstruction era.  This voter disenfranchisement included the creation of Black Codes and Grandfather Clauses that prohibited Black Americans from voting well into Jim Crow.  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 Representative of Georgia Lieutenant Governor, I plan to be aggressive to advocate for the following:

  • Enhance voter education regarding the voting process and rights
  • Increase voter access by increasing voter days and hours
  • Improve access to vote by mail and drop box
  • Improve recruitment and retention of poll workers
  • Invest in new technology for voting including vote by computer and 

As your next Lieutenant Governor, I will be committed to abolishing SB 202.  I will work collaboratively with other legislators to ensure that Georgia protections all Americans “Right To Vote”.