The most distinguishing characteristic of Senate District 46 is its hardworking people.
The workforce has always been industrious, whether at furniture factories in Caldwell, textile mills in Burke or nurseries in Avery. We have experienced people willing and able to work. What they need, though are jobs. Great jobs. Jobs that are full time and provide benefits. And jobs that build upon the skills and talents of our local people.
A person with full and meaningful employment is more able to provide a stable home. Communities will prosper as laborers spend with local merchants and attend cultural and sporting events. Those who filled the factories 24 hours a day, virtually every day of the year are proof of what the people here are willing to do.
They deserve leaders who will make employment a top priority.
That means to provide decent-paying work that also provides dignity, we must:
When employment conditions exist as they do now, with people having to work multiple jobs and corporations not providing benefits to large portions of their employees, it is essential that we have a strong safety net. We must ensure that benefits are adequate to prevent families from losing the basic needs to live.
I support a progressive tax structure that demonstrates preferential concern for the poor, minorities, elderly, children and other vulnerable populations. Nearly one-third of the children in our district live in poverty. We must not allow that to stand.
Poverty is not just about the federal definition of a certain income level. Rather, poverty is about what a poor family looks like – lacking resources for food, health care, hygiene, transportation, and other hardships which are inconsistent with North Carolina values and puts a strain on the overtaxed middle class.
Poverty will only be alleviated by:
Art Sherwood is running for NC Senate to address the critical issues of public education, health care, and employment