Rhode Island should set common sense examples on how our students are taught. Rid the disastrous implementation of “Common Core”. We need to start by getting students ready for life, not just college. Structuring classes for financial literacy early on, introduce more hands-on vocational classes and programs that can lead to students being “pre-hired” by utility and manufacturing companies, and make civics a requirement. RI Department of Education in 2016, recorded “four schools’ 4-year grad rates increased by over 20% points in the past five years, from ’11-’16”. Two of the specified schools listed, were career and technical and vocational facilities. Overall, “RIDE” recorded an 85% grad rate in 2016. That may seem positive, however that statistic is misleading. Many students are “pushed” through the system, in order to have them graduate, and they are not properly educated for the real world. These students are then led into college with no clear path, lost, drop out early, or if they manage to graduate, many cannot find a job within the field they went to college for, thus punishing them with tremendous student loan debt. This leads to many problems in society as students cannot contribute to the workforce and make a living, at times heading towards poverty, and in some cases, leading towards crimes such as drug dealing just to get by. I would like to offer a plan to help solve this unfortunate cycle by introducing a program that will not only give incentives for students to graduate, but if school is not their desire and they wish to drop out, these programs can enroll them into the Peace Corps or the RI National Guard. There, they will become engaged, properly educated, and will develop a trade. Students who had intent to commit crimes or sell drugs to get by, will no longer be on the streets and become mentally disciplined. Both branches of service offer choices of full or part time, though our goal would be achieved by giving these students a path, guidance for a brighter future. This also ties into our economy. Getting these students acclimated with the real world and employing them into fields that are in demand, will help grow our economy here at home.
- Welfare and the Economy
Welfare, and the funding of the system, is a major burden on the hardworking taxpayers. Almost half of our citizens here are on some sort of government assistance. Understanding that there are some people that need assistance, however the majority see welfare as a life style or employment, which was not the intent of the welfare system.
We need to establish real accountability, hire agents that check up on citizens who are in the system, and establish real “path to employment” programs that eventually have people end their need to be on support by being hired by companies. If we are to overhaul taxes and healthcare, I believe overhauling our welfare system should be priority number one. Getting these people back into the workforce and become less dependent on government assistance would be a major boost in our economy.
How we would educate our students and progressively end the abuse in welfare programs will take much strain off of our state, though much more effort is needed to recover a stale economy. Any politician can lower taxes, but how about erasing taxes completely? Some companies can withstand the high taxes, but many cannot compete with the number of taxes Rhode Island tolls them. Over taxation is a definite deterrence for companies looking to settle here. Rhode Island is amongst the highest taxed states in the nation, which is absolutely outrageous, given the small population we have. Our infrastructure has been rated the worst in the country, signifying that certain taxes that are implemented to help fix our infrastructure woes are being wasted or not helping to a any degree. The number of taxes, wasteful spending, and poor infrastructure is collectively a massive deterrent and burden for existing companies and small businesses that want to stay here. Our elected officials have passed legislation that make it incredibly hard for any business to stay committed here. Legislation that is rooted in socialism, legislation that calls for your hard earned money to fund private establishment projects, does not benefit in anyway shape or form, to the general wealth of the citizens of RI. We need a diverse economy, one that is well rounded and not relying on one or two areas that produce an income. For years, Politicians have pushed out manufacturing from this state, a strength of Rhode Island that dates back to our founding years of the early 1630s. While the years have gone by bringing in advancements in technology, we have become dependent on tech jobs, which, has not provided much of a job field. Vocational programs that are implemented in public education facilities and in the welfare system will help improve supply and demand and strengthen our economy. Bring back the trades and manufacturing! We must eliminate regulations, end wasteful spending and taxes that stun any possible growth.
- Reestablishing Role of a Public Servant and Representing the People
As your public servant and District 1 Representative, I will swear an oath to defend and protect both State and Federal Constitutions. It would be a civic duty of mine to protect and defend the rights and property of others. I will welcome and rightfully value your criticism, with dignity and humble effort, hold great responsibility along with accountability while in office and amongst the crowd. This is not what we have been accustomed to. Currently, people of all ages are not heard, and have been forgotten. The citizenry of not only the First District, but Rhode Island together needs, wants, and greatly deserves to be respected and well represented. My position will be to fight for you and speak for you in our Nation’s capital, while to be as humble and genuine both here at home and abroad.
Rhode Island’s pride, strength and Hope, starts with its people.