Every Alabamian deserves access to high-quality healthcare at an affordable price. We cannot afford to go back to a time when the insurance companies discriminate based on a pre-existing condition or charge unreasonable premiums to a vulnerable population. We must also hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for keeping the price of their drugs to a reasonable level to ensure the public good is never sacrificed in exchange for larger corporate profits. A healthcare system that leaves large populations uninsured is not just morally reprehensible, it also is fundamentally flawed economic policy. By improving policy coverage and incentivizing new insurers to enter underserved markets, we can further reduce personal bankruptcies, medical costs and premiums, and provide more effective patient care for better health outcomes.
Healthcare accounts for approximately 17% of GDP, meaning hard-working Alabamians spent a significant portion of their income on maintaining or regaining their health. To improve our health outcomes and keep healthcare affordable, we must:
- Expand Medicaid to allow a larger percentage of our at-risk population to have health security and financial protection.
- Restore funding for mental health programs and facilities that have experienced devastating cuts over the past several years.
- Stabilize and save our smaller community health centers and rural hospitals.
Affordable health care is not an expense, it’s an investment in our society and future. We will experience better health outcomes and positively contribute to our overall economic output.
The building blocks of a stronger society start in the classroom. To be competitive in the global marketplace, Alabama must prioritize the education of our children and invest in tomorrow’s workforce, today. We must stop kicking the can down the road and put our full attention and focus on helping our young people learn and succeed. Specifically, we must:
- Increase the pay rate for teachers to attract and retain top-notch educators.
- Improve and maintain our public school facilities and educational materials.
- Empower innovative teachers who can find creative ways to help students learn
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report “Best States to Live In” edition, Alabama ranked 47th in quality of education. This is unacceptable and must be improved if our state is to reach our full potential. In addition, Alabama loses thousands of college educated young people every year who take jobs and choose to raise their children in other states, in part because of our education infrastructure at the primary level is not sufficient and is unequal between districts.
While we cannot change our ranking overnight, we can make significant improvement in a short period of time, but we must have the political courage to prioritize one of the most important components of the communities we serve.
Policymakers must accept that economics play a role in strengthening or weakening the family unit. Elected officials are tasked with providing the framework for how we keep real family values at the center of our priorities. This begins with giving families more opportunity to maintain a healthy balance between work and home. This includes access to quality, affordable healthcare, offering additional paid flex-time and leave for single and working parents, raising median household wages, further strengthening oversight to discourage and prosecute gender-based pay discrimination, and reigning in abusive practices that overwork salaried employees to the detriment of the family bond. The family values we all wish to achieve can only be realized through a combination of policy that allows for reasonable progress toward that objective and community responsibility that continues to keep focus on how we best raise our children to be productive, responsible citizens. Specifically, we must:
- Allow more flex-time for families caring for a disabled child or elderly parent.
- Raise the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation and cost of living.
- Pay women equal wages for equal work. No woman in today’s workforce should face the humiliation of being paid less for a job that they are as equally qualified as a man to hold.
The people of Alabama have lost confidence in their elected officials. The continued political scandals and government corruption have damaged the reputation of our state. We must be dedicated to restoring integrity and reasonable debate in government or risk creating an environment intolerable of new ideas that can take Alabama to greater heights. We cannot afford to let our politicians divide us into groups and subgroups for the sole purpose of winning elections and maintaining power.
The people of Alabama and District 32 need pragmatic leadership from our next state senator. Jason Fisher will lead with high ideals and will be a distinguished leader for Baldwin County and our state. If elected, Jason will:
- Be a leader and voice for every citizen of District 32
- Limit himself to no more than 2 terms in the State Senate
- Will not accept any business contract within the state of Alabama or from an Alabama-based organization during his time in office and for 1 full year following his last day serving as state senator.
Gerrymandering is one of the central reasons behind the dysfunctional workings of our state and federal government. When district lines are drawn in such as a way as to give one party a distinct advantage by intentionally diluting the votes of the opposing party, incumbents worry less about being defeated in November and more worried about being defeated in their own party’s primary by somebody more ideologically driven than themselves. This results in a race to the extremes and an inability to compromise for the good of the people. One need not look anywhere other than Alabama’s district maps for good examples of this practice. Whether it’s racial, socio-economic, or partisan reasons, gerrymandering is not good for our political process and will not result in getting things done for the people of Alabama.
As your next state senator from District 32, I will be a champion for fairly drawn district lines and a healthy exchange of competitive ideas for the voters to hear. Our democracy is healthier when we allow more diverse opinions into the conversation that we have to shape policy.
Jobs and Economy
Baldwin County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and region. The explosion of population means that net job growth and wages must maintain or improve to sustain the strength of our communities. Specifically, we must:
- Continue efforts to attract good-paying jobs to the area, including company expansions from out-of-state corporations.
- Strengthen small businesses, which are the cornerstone of job growth in Alabama and Baldwin County.
- Further train our workforce with cooperative education programs that invest in our human resources and labor market.
As a small business owner, Jason Fisher understands the importance of prioritizing economic opportunity. As state senator, Jason will be a champion for job and wage growth for every citizen of District 32.
Protecting the natural beauty and resources of Baldwin County will be a top priority of my legislative agenda. Whether it involves our picturesque coastline that attracts tourists and seasonal visitors, the beautiful Mobile Bay views of the Eastern Shore, or affects the interior farmlands that export so many of the agricultural and landscape products in our region, our livelihood and sense of community relies greatly on a clean and healthy environment.
Baldwin County is the fastest growing county in Alabama since 2010. Any Baldwin County resident can tell you why — it’s a beautiful place to live. However, we are bordering dangerously on over-developing our land and coastal property, pushing our infrastructure past its capability and creating environmental hazards around the county. We must:
- Not allow overdevelopment purely for economic gain
- Strengthen our infrastructure for current residents
- Protect our inland and coastal waterways
- Protect our wildlife and preserve our natural beauty
Baldwin County’s infrastructure has not kept pace with the rapid development and population expansion. We need to expand our system of roads and bridges to ensure safety, timely travel for residents and tourists alike, and ensure that emergency vehicles can make it to their destination with minimal traffic disruption.
As state senator, Jason will:
- Prioritize infrastructure improvements for Baldwin County
- Work with local, state, and federal officials to ensure proper funding is secured for infrastructure improvement projects
- Ensure balance is maintained between development, infrastructure, and the environment