Candidate Responses - Jesse Philippe
In addition to answering the 20 survey questions, this candidate provided the following elaboration on several progressive issues.
Seeking a fair, honest, and open government that works for all:
The amount of money a candidate can raise should be strictly enforced. Candidates should not be allowed to garner most financial support from Super PACs. The state in which you are serving should be the primary source of campaign funding.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
The District (Hillsborough, Polk, and Lake County) should institute a $15 minimum wage by year 2022 (as we are halfway through 2020) to allow businesses to adjust to the new wage standards. Social security must be reformed so that our future will be able to live comfortably long after their working years. Unions are essential in the US Economy, and should be supported, and encouraged, by businesses. Unions increase job security and support working families. Universal public day care is critical, especially for those seeking education and training for future employment.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
Absolutely. There needs to be financial incentives to encourage purchasing from US-Based companies, and support for small-and-medium-sized businesses. Absolutely. Companies found to not be in compliance utilizing these loopholes should be penalized, and their ability to operate within the United States limited. Infrastructure will change the district, connecting major metropolitan areas to traditional rural areas, promoting growth and stability for all in the community.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
Absolutely, and the age minimum for Pre-K should be removed across the state. If a child is able to pass the exam, regardless of age, progression should not be interrupted. Trade and vocational schools are crucial, especially when discussing the topics of infrastructure and education. Free training for crafts that will benefit the community should be observed as a benefit for the district, not an expenditure.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
Eliminating privatized prisons is a must. Also, focusing on rehabilitation for non-violent crimes will result in a reduction of recidivism rates. No man, woman, or person should be allowed to make the reproductive health care decisions for those able to give birth. Pro-choice should be a right. Equal rights, equal pay, equal respect should be a must. Also, we must make room to expand the term 'sex' to include transgender and gender non-conforming persons.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
My idea is to include the Veteran Affairs (VA) system to supplement public care facilities; We will redistribute funds within the DoD, increase funding to the VA, and provide veterans and civilians with more sustainable employment.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
Definitely. Create tax breaks for those that recycle more than 50% of the year, work with HOAs to allow solar panels, and upgrading infrastructure should all be possibilities. However, community leaders should always be consulted before decisions are made on the community's behalf.