Increase incomes and reduce the poverty rate in Macon-Bibb County

Since 2015, I have been the sole advocate for a living wage in Macon-Bibb County. I have fought for this policy not because I thought it would make me stand out, but because it is the single most likely way to reduce the growing poverty rate in Macon-Bibb County.

Poverty and Inequality are so severe in Macon-Bibb Co. that one can reasonably say "There are no middle-class neighborhoods anymore."

Studies show that, while increases to wages may or may not reduce employment hours, they definitely reduce poverty! Being that reducing poverty is my most important goal, I am also signing the Pledge to Put Macon-Bibb First, and promising to not run for reelection unless poverty is reduced through my tenure.

I believe through aggressively growing worker incomes and improving the skill of the workforce, we can most meaningfully impact the lives of Maconites.

Institute a Living Wage Rule that will adjust the pay scale of local workers to a living wage by requiring:

  1. All County Employees be given a minimum raise of $1.25 per hour every 6 months until the lowest wage paid by the County matches the cost of living for a single adult with no children (according to the EPI’s estimate) and mandating the commission fund such raises by whatever means may be available under the law
  2. All employees of outside agencies receive a $2.50 raise every 12 months until their lowest wage matches the cost of living for a single adult with no children (according to the EPI’s estimate) and mandating the Commission fund such raises by whatever means may be available under the law
  3. All businesses, agencies, and persons seeking or being offered contracts or grants from the County or any agency funded by the County must pay their lowest-paid employee no less than the lowest-paid County employee at the time of their application or at the point an offer was made.

Increasing the quality of jobs in Macon-Bibb by:

  1. Investing in a skilled workforce by partnering with local businesses, higher education institutions, and churches to expand access to workforce training programs
  2. Appointing board members over Work Source Macon-Bibb that will adjust the wage level of skilled workers to $20 an hour or more
  3. Negotiating with local businesses in B.I.D. areas to create hiring programs and wage levels that support their surrounding communities in exchange for necessary funding and zoning from the County
  4. Rewarding those businesses that support their community and workers, and holding to account those that exploit our residents
  5. Eliminating marijuana drug tests for hiring in Macon-Bibb County 

Leading by example and placing the needs of the community above my political career

  1. Signing the Pledge to Put Macon-Bibb First
  2. Explore suing the State government in Federal or State court to both demonstrate that the low wages and business practices resulting from both the State Minimum Wage of $5.15 and ban on local private sector minimum wages has harmed the quality of life of our residents and resulted in slowed economic returns for local businesses, and to force the state to implement a minimum wage that meets the needs of a single adult with no children.