ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM THE SOIL UP
We live in a rapidly changing economy in which the next generation of workers are finding a place they want to live and THEN finding a job, rather than the other way around. If we want to realize new growth in Fort Smith, then it is time for fresh perspective. Modern infrastructure to improve efficiency is a good start, but we must ensure that Fort Smith and Arkansas are attractive places for company executives, entry-level employees, and everyone in between. We need to invest in our cities and towns and the people who make them work.
PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR THE WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW
A democracy is only as strong as its weakest citizen, and public education must remain the great equalizer for Arkansans. While innovation and modernization are important to the future of education in Arkansas, we must ensure that any attempt to do so results in a stronger public education system, rather than an excuse for an education budget that can’t keep up with inflation.
We can not take ourselves seriously when talking about fighting addiction while we limit access to medical professionals and preventative care options. We cannot take ourselves seriously in fighting mental health problems when we only talk about mental health after crimes are committed. Whether through public or private options, finding ways to get to the root of societal problems is a must.
SMARTER, MORE BALANCED GOVERNMENT
When one political party has too much control, governments—And the people they are supposed to represent—suffer from partisan, socially divisive legislation. Our country has suffered enough from divisive politics. It is time for government to get back to working for the people.