Terry Jones on the Issues

 

Education

The GOP-led state legislature has been wreaking havoc on our educational system.  It has reduced funding for previously-lauded programs (for example, ARI) and has channeled money to private organizations benefitting very few students.

I believe we have to:

  • Invest in expanding Pre-K programs to give all children an early start.
  • Adequately fund effective programs like the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) and the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).
  • Increase the availability of training programs and technical schools.
  • Repeal the Alabama Accountability Act and give public dollars to public schools.
  • Offer teachers professional development to retain good educators in our classrooms.

THE ECONOMY & Jobs

I support a minimum wage increase AND a strong business-oriented atmosphere. 
These two things are not mutually exclusive.  To support both, we must:

  • Repair and develop our state's infrastructure, which will create jobs and stimulate industry.
  • Create workforce development programs to train workers for skilled labor positions within the community.
  • Hold businesses that receive tax subsidies accountable for creating the jobs they promise.
  • Give Alabama businesses preference in state- and local-government contracts.

Open Government

    For the last few years, Alabama politics have been plagued by power grabs and scandal.  Gerrymandering has robbed our district of fair representation.  I believe in doing what is right, regardless of party.  That includes:

    • Closing the "legislature-to-lobby" revolving door to prevent legislators from resigning in order to take high-paying lobbyist jobs.
    • Strengthening the state's Open Meetings Act to provide transparency in government affairs.
    • Creating term limits for members of the legislatur

    Healthcare

    My wife Jenni is a school nurse, and so I have seen up close the value of good health.  It is essential to me that everyone have access to the healthcare they need.  To ensure our community is healthy, I will:

    • Work to ensure that hard-working, low-income members of our community have access to, and knowledge of, preventive medicine.
    • Help children thrive by ensuring that they have good health care.

    VOTING ACCESS

      We are all citizens of this county, and we all deserve a voice and a vote.  To make sure we have this, I will:

      • Work for easy access to voting for all eligible citizens. 
      • Support early voting and Saturday voting initiatives, so that people will not have to choose between working or voting.