Coach Terry Jones on the Issues
According to a recent survey by the nonpartisan Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, 79% of Alabamians believe funding for public education is inadequate, and I couldn’t agree more. The career politicians in Montgomery have been wreaking havoc on our public schools.
Here’s how we’re going to fix it:
Allow the people of Alabama to vote on an education lottery.
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, which siphons funds out of the education fund and sends them to private companies.
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.
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
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.
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.