Our district has so much to offer – natural beauty, welcoming, close-knit communities, and abundant resources from oil and gas to agriculture – and yet is no secret that we have a significant shortage of jobs that pay a living wage. There is only so much we can do legislatively to solve this problem, although I would support efforts to raise the minimum wage responsibly, and am open-minded to other legislation aimed at addressing this issue.
Where your state Senator can really make a difference, however, is in building relationships throughout the state, and working to bring businesses to our area that pay higher wages and are willing to invest long-term in our communities. This is where things, like improving our public education system and curbing the too-high healthcare costs our friends and neighbors pay, can be hugely persuasive: those businesses, the ones that will bolster and grow our communities with good-paying jobs, are looking for areas that have shown a commitment to those issues. As part of this campaign, I have been traveling all over this district, and I am struck by what each of our communities has to offer. As your state Senator, I would be a constant and enthusiastic advocate for your community, with a constant goal of convincing strong, community-minded businesses to relocate to our district.
We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And yet we have a significant shortage of jobs that pay a living wage. Legislation is not likely to solve this problem, but your state Senator can play a big part in bringing businesses that pay higher wages to our area. See the Infrastructure and Education items above.