This is the kind of innovative vision this district deserves. It’s the style of fighting for others I’ve been utilizing throughout my life.
Considering there are currently only 348 chapters in America, we need much more access in the 15th District to grow small businesses which grow the majority of jobs.
We increase grants for education in expanding specialities, specifically psychiatry, neurology, social work, counseling and many others. This money should be used to expand local university and college program size in order to meet today’s needs.
The lack of enough healthcare professionals in enough specialties creates gaps in services and lack of opportunity for graduates, leading them to move out of the district. Instead of sitting on the sideline while healthcare professionals work in surrounding states, we must be proactive.
We provide housing grants and subsidies for them to remain or reside here in the 15th District.
This will keep our hardest working and brightest citizens living and working right here in our communities, where they grew up and where they raise their families.
We resubmit the Industrial Hemp Farming Act and pass it, allowing for a massive boost to rural economies.
Also, farmers are currently experiencing a myriad of problems. From lower yields to lower prices due to the renegotiation of NAFTA, farmers need to think outside of the soybean and corn rotations they’re accustomed to growing annually. In some cases, farmers have began making impressive profits with hemp crops. Industrialization of hemp has growing bi-partisan support in Congress.
25,000 products are made from hemp, and many of these can be made right here in the 15th District by the unemployed and underemployed. Not only can we sell these on our town squares, driving tourism, we can export these products to other states and around the world. Some of these products are high-priced pharmaceutical grade. It’s an untapped industry that is beginning to heat up in the states that have passed pro-hemp legislation.
We create art communities in some of our empty storefronts and buildings in our town squares.
By giving artists federal grants to live, work, and sell their art in the heart of these struggling towns, we can give these communities a face lift at the same time we generate a tourist destination. This can expand local rural economies, connecting farmers and artists in innovative ways, driving traffic to our struggling town squares and providing needed opportunities for motivated individuals willing to work.
We increase grants to create public-private partnerships that can improve and expand nature and art parks and trails to drive tourism.
This has been very successful in communities like Charleston and Casey. By increasing marketing campaigns and coordination efforts, spring, summer, and fall tour and festival circuits can be created to drive traffic and business throughout the district.