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JENNIE SHERWOOD ON THE ISSUES
It's no secret that we need to diversify Nevada's economy in order to provide a strong foundation for the future and increase prosperity for all those who call Nevada home.
To do that, I believe we need to support renewable energy, invest in education—including job training, small business loans, and apprenticeship programs—and make sure we're doing everything we can to attract the kind of skilled talent to Nevada that we need to grow the state.
Additionally, our tax codes should favor Nevada businesses and those who invest back into the Silver State. Corporations who are merely here to remove whatever profit they can from Nevada should not be at the front of the line when they're the first to leave Nevada workers off their priority list. Simply put, these companies need to pay their fair share to keep Nevada attractive to businesses, residents, and visitors alike.
We also need to address the shrinking middle class. That means raising the minimum wage, increasing our standard of living, and eliminating the idea of the "working poor."
No one who is able to work full time should make so little that they are unable to care for themselves, let alone a loved one.
This is Nevada, we have built our way out of tough times before, and as the economy fully rebounds, we should be expanding the middle class and protecting the safety and security of those who put in a hard days work to make Nevada home.
There is no way we will bring the jobs we want to Nevada without seriously improving education in our state.
Ranking at the bottom of the nation isn't just a shame, it's unacceptable.
Growing up in Las Vegas, I've watched intelligent, hardworking Nevadans either not reach their potential in our schools, or be forced to leave the state because our schools were unable to help them reach their full potential.
Nevada's education can be second to none, and it will be, if we commit to it.
I will support increased school funding in both construction and resources for our teachers and students. But as Nevada parents know, more money alone isn't enough.
To unleash the true talent our educators possess and give them the freedom to teach and connect with our children, we need to move teachers away from a 'teach to the test' mentality. We need to focus on growth over arbitrary standard of proficiency and expand magnet and Zoom school programs.
Our children need to learn how to critically think and analyze. Let's increase trade schooling in high school and beyond. Let's provide our youth options for diverse careers, and allow adults to strengthen their job prospects.
Skilled talent is the essential building block for companies looking to move to and expand across Nevada, and we foster that talent by making sure Nevada's children get a great education.
Health care in America should be a right, not a privilege.
Politicians often talk about "affordable healthcare" all the time, but what does that really mean?
Yes, the Affordable Care Act brought down the cost of health insurance for many, but there are still far too many Nevadans who are just one accident or illness away from financial ruin.
We spend more on healthcare per citizen in this country than anywhere else in the world, only far too many of us still can’t afford the care we deserve.
Like you, I’d at least like get my money's worth for all the money I spend on health insurance.
What can we do on the state level?
Nevada needs more doctors, more mental health professionals, and more resources to fight addiction.
Additionally, let's look at instituting price guidelines on medical care and procedures, require transparent pricing for both medical procedures and prescription drugs.
Let’s give patients an idea of how much it will cost to you to get healthy again, before you get hit with the bill.
Making your insurance up front with and accountable to you about what they will actually pay should be something we can make happen in the state legislature so long as we have a governor as committed to reform as we are in the legislature.
There is simply no reason that Nevada is not a national leader in renewable energy.
In the 2017 State Legislative session, good progress was made in reversing the decision to punish homeowners who have invested in solar, but there's still more to do, not just for homeowners but for our economy and the state as a whole.
We need to be forward thinking, looking to attract businesses in the renewable energy sector that can come to Nevada and bring good paying, long-term jobs.
We should also be looking at ways to bring the state up to renewable energy benchmarks. These will not only prepare Nevada's businesses for the future, but help protect our air and water for generations to come.
The good news about this is much of it can be done on the state level. While we may still look for federal help to maintain water and air safety standards, we can set many of our own goals with regard to renewable energy and green technology investment.
That's why we need to make sure we have people in elected office who are committed to moving us forward, in ways that can both reduce our energy bills and provide jobs for Nevada's future.
Year after year, our homeless population unfortunately continues to expand. It’s to the point now where it’s becoming part of the landscape.
This is unacceptable.
There's has to be more we can do for those who’ve found themselves on the outside of the economy looking in.
Our current model is not good enough, it's neither solving nor preventing homelessness. It’s time for a change and we need to find a better solution for this issue without putting an undue burden on Nevada’s taxpayers.
There are transitional housing options we could explore in state, ways for persons living on the street to get a fresh start. Cost effective ways to give the ones who need it an address, a shower, and access to the social services they qualify for.
Good Samaritans will always be welcome to contribute or donate in any way they want. But there needs to be ways that our state looks out for the Nevadans who may have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
Doing so can save our cities and our state significant resources, not to mention clean up the pop-up tent cities and street corners that continue to dot the landscape.
Criminal Justice Reform
Criminal Justice Reform
Are we always going to be the country with the most prisoners?
Are taxpayers consistently going pay an ever-increasing cost to lock more and more people away, with no rehabilitation, forever?
Like many Nevadans, I believe we can keep our streets safe without overcrowding our jails.
Currently, our prison system is just an endless cycle of housing and re-housing the same faces. It's time to educate, train, and address the wounds of criminal behavior.
This means taking on the cycle of addiction. Confronting the school-to-prison pipeline, and breaking cycles of violence before they begin.
Let's free up the justice system from being forced to jail low-level, non-violent offenders and the mentally ill.
Let’s listen to the communities begging for a voice in the criminal justice system. Let’s address the need for de-escalation training and the use of deadly force.
Policing needs to be safer for the men and women who protect and serve our communities everyday—and for the citizens who rely on our officers to keep them safe.
Nevada’s law enforcement officers need to be able to trust their communities and vice versa.
We can do better, but it starts with us having honest conversations about the cost of over-incarceration, a cost that is paid for by law enforcement and civilians alike.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of things the general public and gun owners agree on when it comes to “gun control.”
First, as a responsible gun owner myself, I will be the first to tell you that if you’re not well-trained on how to use your firearm, you shouldn’t own a firearm in the first place.
Tragically, it is far more likely that a gun in the household will lead to an accidental shooting than it ever will end up being used for its intended purpose of self-defense.
With that in mind, it's not surprising that gun owners are usually the first to say yes, let’s make safety training more accessible. And, yes, let’s make it more difficult for domestic abusers and the mentally ill to obtain and possess firearms.
These are not radical notions.
Law abiding, responsible gun owners seem to have no problem getting a background check.
So why does the NRA fight them? Why won’t our state Attorney General, now a candidate for Governor, enforce the background check legislation voters passed in 2016?
As a legislator, I would never ask any gun owner to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.
And, as a gun owner, I have taken the steps to secure my firearm from children and thieves. It’s not difficult, responsible gun owners do it every day.
Having a requirement for safe storage and proper knowledge of your weapon cuts down accidental deaths. It also dramatically reduces the number of firearms stolen. And enforcing the background check legislation voters passed will help keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.
The majority of Nevadan's agree, if you’re a thief, a domestic abuser, or a violent felon, it should be incredibly difficult to obtain a firearm.
Keeping children from being shot in their schools, tourists from being shot on the Strip, innocent people from living in fear of gun violence—these should not be partisan concerns.
We can find common ground on this issue, I know because I have had these conversations across the district and across the state.
The majority of Nevadans agree on what they want from their elected officials when it comes to gun safety. And if I am fortunate represent Assembly District 2 as your Assemblywoman, I will make protecting our children from gun violence a top priority of mine in the 2019 legislative session.
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