Making Democracy Work

2017 Priority Issues

ELECTIONS: SUPPORT FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS
  • Increase access to voting.
  • Lessen the discriminatory effects of the Photo ID law and support its repeal.
  • Support an independent redistricting process.

OPEN GOVERNMENT: ENSURE CITIZEN ACCESS
  • Support open government through access to public records, open meetings, public notice by printed and electronic means, and general government transparency.
  • Oppose fees for viewing public records.
  • Support transparency and accountability of privatization through feasibility studies and follow up evaluations to ensure clear savings and comparable service.

GOVERNMENT FINANCE: SUPPORT REVENUES AND ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
  • Support safety net services, such as mental health, child protection, disability and food services.
  • Support funding for state parks and all other state lands.
  • Oppose privatization of core government services that ensure the common good or protect basic needs.
  • Oppose reduction of revenue sources without replacing them with other sources of revenue.
  • Support multi-source long term funding for transportation including regional mass transit.
  • Support vigorous collection of out-of-state sales and other taxes.

EDUCATION: PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION
  • Support the policies and funding needed to provide quality public education, pre-k through high school.
  • Oppose public funding of for-profit charter schools or their management by for-profit companies.
  • Oppose public funding of private school vouchers.

HEALTH CARE REFORM: ASSURE COMPREHENSIVE, AFFORDABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR ALL TENNESSEANS
  • Oppose wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act before a plan to replace it has been enacted and study replacement option carefully.
  • Maintain the current level of TennCare benefits for children, families, and disabled adults and work to expand this program to all adults in poverty.

ENVIRONMENT: SUPPORT FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF MEASURES TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE AIR, LAND, AND WATER QUALITY
  • Restrict mining of natural resources that harms the human and natural environments.
  • Restrict discharge of toxic substances into the air, land, or waters.
  • Support development of infrastructure for renewable, sustainable energy.

IMMIGRATION: ENSURE THAT IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES ARE TREATED FAIRLY
  • Support policy changes that allow Tennessee immigrant youth fair access to higher education.

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