This campaign is dedicated to fighting for environmental protection in order to mitigate the worst effects of Climate Change that will impact our beautiful ecosystems here in the State of Florida. This is why we support the Green New Deal, which will push for our economy to be transitioned towards carbon-neutral and sustainable energy sources, all while ensuring that working-class and low-income individuals' needs are met.
Although the Florida minimum wage set at $8.46 an hour is higher than the federal minimum wage, it still is an incredibly insufficient source of income that often forces workers to live paycheck to paycheck. This is why I support a minimum wage that is at or above the income it takes for every Floridian to make ends meet and pay for their basic needs. Once implemented, the minimum wage will be adjusted for inflation so we don't need to keep passing legislation to increase it.
Additionally, Florida voters should consider supporting Amendment 2 this November in the General Election which will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026 and will be adjusted for inflation from thereon.
Healthcare is a human right plain and simple. Florida has the 4th largest uninsured rate at a whopping 13 percent of the state. This is a crime, especially with Covid-19 ripping through the most vulnerable communities. Moreover, there are millions of people who have insurance but face exorbitant prices on their premiums, co-pays, deductibles along with their prescription drugs. That is why I support a single-payer health insurance program for the state of Florida. We need a healthcare system that provides healthcare to everybody with no ludicrous costs. Though taxes will be implemented, your out of pocket costs for premiums co-pays and deductibles will be negligent, thus saving money for everyone and providing healthcare for every Floridian.
Moreover I will of course support Medicaid Expansion for Florida along with having the State directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
Green New Deal
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) declared in 2018 that we have 12 years left to be net neutral when it comes to carbon emissions in order to prevent a 1.5 degree celsius rise in our global temperatures. The 1.5 degree celsius rise is considered the threshold for how much carbon emissions our planet can sustain before undue climate disaster will be the new normal for the globe. This report urges the world to take on a World War II like mobilization to prevent this temperature increase from occurring. This is why I believe in a Green New Deal for the State of Florida. We can push for the Sunshine State to invest in jobs in the solar and renewable energy fields, land conservation, etc. all while ensuring workers have a living wage, healthcare, and collective bargaining rights.
Union membership has been gutted in Florida dramatically. Unions members only comprise 6.2% of all wage and salaried worker. That is why we should end Right-to-work laws in the state of Florida and increase collective bargaining rights significantly.
Criminal Justice Reform