Corey's Policy Platform
Our number one priority, when it comes to revamping our infrastructure, should be investing in education in our community. We all know how much stress the "brain drain" of our young, talented citizens leaving for other communities to pursue an education or a career puts on our local economy. If we invest in education here, we can expand our talent pool by providing an incentive for our young people to stay and contribute to the community.
As an Assemblyman, I will advocate for increased funding to public schools and will push for greater support from our state government. We need to be investing in our future, and we can't do that without focusing on supporting education.
The pandemic that has wrought havoc on our communities has exposed further one of the biggest problems holding our communities back: lack of broadband access. Being forced to quarantine at home has exacerbated the problem as our citizens struggle to work from home, to connect to online classes, and to stay connected with the world at large.
In our modern society, internet access is a necessity, and is therefore a right. We need to make broadband a utility and expand access so that none of our citizens are living without high-speed internet access.
Healthcare is a human right. The spread of the coronavirus has exposed weaknesses in our healthcare system. As a rural community, our healthcare access is already teetering too close to collapse. We don't receive nearly enough assistance from the state government on this issue. Our healthcare workers are some of the hardest working people I know, and they deserve to be treated that way. We need to invest in healthcare access in our community and spread resources throughout the state to make sure that rural communities aren't left behind.
All of our people should have access to healthcare, regardless of employment status. The staggering rise of unemployment throughout the country exposes the weakness of tying healthcare access to employment. Having employers be the ones who provide healthcare also puts an unnecessary economic strain on them. We need to start from the moral point of establishing healthcare as a human right and then work together to figure out how we are going to guarantee that.
As we invest in solar energy for our communities, we need to make sure that we have local buy-in. From the start, we need to work with community leaders and stakeholders to ensure that local support.
Additionally, we need to make sure that we are establishing these grids in areas where we are not taking up primary farmland. Thinking from a construction perspective, many want to do this in the cheapest way. This isn't necessarily the best way to move forward, however. In making this decision, we need to take a look at the cost-benefit analysis of taking up farmland for these farms vs. what the farmland could produce. The community as a whole benefits if both projects are successful, so we need to consider multiple perspectives.
AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
CLIMATE COMMUNITY ACT
CORRECT THE FARM LABOR BILL
The Farm Labor bill that was passed last year - in good faith - has disastrous implications for our agricultural community. The State Legislature has already acknowledged the failings of the bill. While we certainly need to make sure that our workers are compensated and treated fairly, the traditional understanding of labor needs doesn't broadly apply to this industry in the same way. We want to work with unions and worker advocate organizations, but we need to make sure that the agreement we come to is actually feasible. I have already been advocating for changes to the farm bill and will continue to do so once in office.
FARMERS IN ALBANY
Albany is too populated with non-farmers representing agriculture-centric districts. While their hearts are in the right place, the reality is that you can only represent the issues of communities that you have lived. I live these issues every day, and have already been tapped many times by elected officials to inform them on agricultural issues. We need a farmer in Albany.