We need to elevate the public discourse to restore our civil society. Good government policymaking occurs in the middle ground after compromise. It is essential and we do not do enough of it. Sometimes it feels like the genie is so far out of the bottle that we can’t get it back. But I believe we must try and lead by example. That doesn’t mean we don’t disagree, often vehemently, but we talk about the issues with information and intelligence.
We must pay NC teachers as professionals (above the national average). North Carolina has a fabulous legacy when it comes to public education. Sadly, we have seen the Republican leadership erode this legacy during their tenure at the helm. I support the restoration of master’s pay, a re-invigoration of our teaching fellows’ program, funding for more school nurses and counselors.
I have been advocating for Medicaid Expansion for years here in NC. The NC Senate passed a version (not the clean version I support, but it’s a start) but a bill is not yet approved by the NC House. More jobs, more healthcare, and it costs nothing. A true no-brainer that somehow became a political football.