Charles is dedicated to serving Georgia House District 22 as a voice for working families.
A lot of today's politicians have forgotten their blue collar constituents. They have come from higher class families, and have never known the issues that common wage earners face.
Raising Georgia's minimum wage
While the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, Georgia's minimum wage is still $5.15 per hour. Most employees are paid at the federal minimum wage, which has not changed since 2009. Since then, there has been a 14% increase in inflation. That means that in order for the minimum wage to keep up with inflation alone, there needs to be at least a $1 per hour increase to the federal minimum wage. But, is $8.25 per hour truly a living wage as President Franklin Roosevelt prescribed? We need to increase Georgia's minimum wage to be at least $10 per hour. This will allow for fewer families to have to rely on assistance, such as food stamps, in order to survive and allow for them to become self sufficient.
According to 2016 census data, there are approximately 1.38 million Georgia residents without healthcare coverage. Georgia is one of 19 states that have rejected Medicaid expansion. Rural families are the hardest hit with the inability to afford even the most basic healthcare. This puts undue strain on the rural healthcare system when their patients are not able to pay for the care they have received.
Today's high schools offer a plethora of college type classes such as marketing and criminal forensics, but they seem to have forgotten that not all of today's teenagers are college bound. There will always be a need for skilled blue collar workers, so why is it that all of the vocational classes have been removed from most high schools? These programs should be reintroduced to all high schools to give teenagers more options for their future.
Charles needs your support to finally give Georgia's working families a fair shake.