Running On The Most Important Platform...The Earth
KOMOR FOR GOVERNOR PLATFORM AND PRIORITIES
1) Prioritizing Our Children’s Education
a. We must ensure that our professional teachers and administrators are supported and fairly compensated for their important work with our children. In turn we must work to hire, train and expect the best. Arizona has
b. We must look toward a “pay-it-backwards” program where colleges and universities use their talents to strengthen the public educational system they draw life from.
c. We must skillfully weave character building into the curriculum in our schools so that we are producing good citizens as well as good students.
d. We must ensure our children are taught the skills they will need for a happy healthy life including: job hunting, good neighbor practices, proactive-protective driver safety, parenting skills, addiction resilience and leadership.
e. We must greatly expand (as appropriate by age) student governance and community building. Becoming good citizens starts with learning to participate together in tackling the social challenges faced in schools today. Stronger school communities mean less likelihood of school violence.
f. We must dramatically increase connectedness and peer support among students – what research tells us is the true and lasting answer for school violence, bullying and exclusionary sub-grouping.
g. There are many different types of Charter schools. Arizona needs to carefully examine Charter schools and ensure that all children receive a high-quality education and that funds are being spent appropriately. Our campaign does not support ESA voucher program as it would further defund out public educational system and remove those students with disabilities from their priority selection.
h. We must ensure that our students are safe and feel safe in their school environments. Adding more guns to a school environment runs counter to these goals. We do not need to engage in Second Amendment debate to accomplish this. In Arizona we will:
i. Provide the technology needed to make schools a gun-free or "sterile" zone.
ii. Deploy "School Marshalls" who are specially trained (in part using the FBI data collected on school shooter behavior) for the unique environment of a school campus, it's movement patterns, environment and dynamics. We will provide our officers the tactics and equipment needed to address crisis events in this very sensitive environment.
Paid for By: Progressive estate tax on inheritances over $1.5 million ($40 million). Closing estate tax loopholes ($4 billion). Closing tax loopholes on artwork ($5 billion).
2) Supporting Arizona’s Tribal and Latino Communities
Tribal communities occupy a large portion of Arizona’s land-mass. Moreover, historically Native Americans have had far fewer opportunities to express their strengths and abilities, or actualize their dreams and ambitions. Our Administration will offer to support the various Tribal governments within Arizona’s borders in developing infrastructure, reducing crime and substance abuse, increasing employment and economic growth and developing self-supporting enterprise. While states have no authority over tribal matters we can create a positive and effective government-to-government relationship between Arizona and its neighboring Tribes.
Persons of Latin decent comprise an ever-larger percentage of Arizona’s population. As a group, Latin Americans in Arizona experience higher rates of discrimination, have substantially higher unemployment, and poverty rates and less educational opportunities than other Arizonans. As Governor, my Administration will work to further priorities presented by Pro-Latino organizations beginning with an in-depth needs assessment and interviews with community leaders. We will work with immigration authorities to provide protection for those who entered Arizona’s borders under duress. We will also work with federal agencies to fight for more fair and expedient entry criteria for those who wish to bring their strengths, abilities and dreams to Arizona. Finally, we will maintain a strict and unwavering intolerance for illegal migration, smuggling and those who wish to bring violence and lawlessness to Arizona judging people by their behavior, not by the color of their skin or economic background.
Chief Justice John Marshall set Native Americans on the path to poverty in 1831 when he characterized the relationship between Indians and the U.S. government as “resembling that of a ward to his guardian.” With these words, Marshall established the Federal Trust Doctrine which positions the U.S. government as the trustee of Indian affairs. This disastrous doctrine is the notion that tribes are not capable of owning or managing their lands – a concept our campaign finds abhorrent. For example, because Indians do not generally own their land or homes on reservations, they cannot mortgage their assets for loans like other Americans. This makes it incredibly difficult to start a business. Even tribes with valuable natural resources remain locked in poverty. Their resources amount to “dead capital”—unable to generate growth for tribal communities. Reservations contain valuable natural resources worth nearly $1.5 trillion, according to a recent estimate, but the vast majority of these resources remain undeveloped because the federal government gets in the way. On Indian lands, companies must go through at least four federal agencies and 49 steps to acquire a permit for development. Off reservation, it takes only four steps. This bureaucracy prevents tribes from capitalizing on their resources. When development does occur, federal agencies are involved in every detail, even collecting payments on behalf of tribes. The royalties are then distributed back to Indians, like giving a child an allowance! (That is, if the government doesn't lose the money in the process.)
State governments normally stand at a distance from Native Tribal affairs. If invited, however, our Administration will seek to work diligently and honorably to empower Indians to divest themselves of outside State and Federal meddling and exploitation while still receiving assistance as they request. We will take steps to remove any procedural impediments to working directly and effectively with tribal governments on activities that affect the trust property and/or governmental rights of the tribes. We stand ready, willing and able to advocate for each Tribes right to control their own resources. Most of all, if invited, we will fight alongside our Indian neighbors to restore the dignity and prosperity they have so long deserved.
3)Developing Vibrant Business
We will engage and support the businesses of Arizona who are working to increase their profitability while sharing those profits with their employees on whom success depends.
a. We will work to attract investment in healthcare, clean energy, technology, tourism and entertainment sectors. We will bring emerging sector jobs to Arizona in science, engineering and especially the deployment of carbon capture and AACC+R technology (see below).
b. We will work to create new jobs, find creative ways to keep jobs in Arizona and provide the education and training for new generations.
c. We will value our workers as human beings who require time to be with newborn children, equal pay for equal work, secure retirement and time to enjoy spiritual and recreational pursuits.
d. We will target the creation and growth middle-income jobs and lifestyles knowing that society functions best when we do not have great disparities in income and resources. To this end we will work to rebalance the role of corporations making them profitable without unrealistic and unfair protections. We will maintain a balanced budget and work to create a surplus as protection against future recessions and climate change costs.
Paid for By: Implementation of a transaction duty for the financial sector ($12 billion).
4) Creating Healthcare Equality
America is a society that cares for our own. Every citizen deserves to have access to optimal healthcare without unrealistic costs.
a. We will take aggressive and creative steps to ensure that all Arizonans have access to healthcare including both synthetic and plant prescription medications.
b. We will work to establish regulations on pharmaceutical medications coming into the state so they will be priced fairly for consumers.
c. If the national healthcare picture continues to destabilize we will consider implementation of an Arizona Citizens Healthcare System directly connecting patients with providers under state managed insurance.
Paid for By: Creating a 6.2 percent income-based health care premium paid by employers, a 2.2 percent income-based premium paid by households. Taxing capital gains and dividends the same as income from work, and savings from health tax expenditures ($23 billion). If necessary, establishing a payroll tax that would total $0.79 a week for the typical Arizona worker.
5) Repairing Climate Change
This must be our number one priority. The vast majority of citizens today are now deeply concerned about climate change. Very few, however, are aware that we are now in the last 10-15 years in which we will have an opportunity to repair the damage. UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the National Science Foundation and thousands of scientists -including many here in Arizona- tell us that if we do not bring carbon levels in the atmosphere below at least 350ppm by the 2030s (they are now above 400ppm) a cascading series of negative environmental feedback loops or “tipping levels” will be reached. The Earth will begin to define a new state of “normal” - very unlike the conditions which have allowed our civilization to flourish.
We have clear data that these changes (methane release from beneath melting sea ice, carbon release from novel soil microbes, etc.) are already beginning. If we do not take bold and heroic action now, by the end of this century the conditions which have sustained human life may no longer exist.
If we wish our civilization to continue we must actively remove carbon already in the atmosphere. The good news is that we have a workable and realistic plan for repairing our atmosphere and we in Arizona have unique opportunities to accomplish this. The iconic Navajo Generating Station, which has become a concern for Arizona’s Tribal people, is a unique resource when viewed in the context of Climate Engineering. By far the safest and most effective method of Climate Engineering involves Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture (OACC). By retrofitting the NGS (and other carbon-emitting plants around the state) with available “Carbon Capture” technology, carbon pollution can be converted into the by-products needed to grow EHUX algae in deep oligotrophic (lifeless) waters. EHUX algae are nature’s own carbon scrubbing system and, if properly encouraged with byproducts from Carbon Capture, can both remove carbon from the atmosphere in the massive levels needed and create increased solar reflectance.
It is important or everyone to read the primary research (academic research journals which can often be accessed online) to really understand the climate crisis, the deadline we are facing and the option to use carbon capture in combination with EHUX algae to solve the problem. When we find ourselves doubting these facts (and we will because the situation is shocking and overwhelming) we must all ask ourselves: do I want to take the chance? Even if I am not 100% convinced the 2030's are our last chance to get atmospheric carbon under control, am I willing to take the chance? What do we have to lose by trying - more innovation, more industry, more jobs and less carbon emissions. If we find problems with raising EHUX algae in oligotrophic parts of the ocean we stop and the EHUX have a lifecycle measured in only days. We can easily modify or end the project without damage to the Earth’s ecosystem. What do we have to lose by not trying? Everything we love.
Paid for By: Ending tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuel companies ($15 billion). Taxing corporate offshore income ($7 billion). Wall Street speculation tax ($27 billion). Closing tax loopholes that allow the wealthy to avoid taxes on money they inherit and expensive artwork they collect ($7 billion). A duty on income and investments by large business with high levels of outsourcing and/or low reinvestment within Arizona ($9 billion). Reductions in fossil fuel and mining subsidies and royalties on fossil fuel extraction ($15 billion). Installing a progressive carbon tax on CO2 and fines for businesses which have historically contributed more than the median for their sector to atmospheric carbon accumulations ($25 billion). Additionally, revenue will be generated by the sale of downstream OACC-related products including energy, agriculture and jobs will also factor significantly. We anticipate a net gain in this program in terms of jobs, tourism, investment, reduced energy costs, etc.
6) Resource Management & Mitigation
Arizona is still growing rapidly and is already dangerously overstretched in resources and highly exposed to drought, floods, fires and other weather-related hardships. Plans continue for substantial further growth, but there is no plan to support that growth. We must address these issues immediately and aggressively in terms of both preparedness and resource management. Phoenix, Arizona’s largest city and America’s 5th largest city, has been referred to in the press as the “urban bullseye for global warming in north America”.
Last summer 50 flights were grounded at Sky Harbor International Airport because the heat – which hit 47C (116F) – made the air too thin to take off safely. The 2017 fire season, at its peak saw 21 wildland fires active across the state. Almost 190,000 acres of land was burned by August 2017 - roughly one-third of the size of Maricopa County, or roughly, 60 percent of the size of Phoenix. The Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson alone saw more than 83,000 acres burned in five fires.
Central Arizona gets less than eight inches of rainfall each year. Most of the water supply for central and southern Arizona is pumped from Lake Mead, fed by the Colorado river over 300 miles away. This winter, snow in the Rocky Mountains, which feeds the Colorado, was 70% lower than average. In the first quarter of 2018, the US government calculated that two thirds of Arizona is currently facing severe to extreme drought. Global demand for fresh water is rising by 640bn liters a year. Agriculture accounts for 70% of water us and human consumption 30%. The average Briton uses 150 liters of water a day - The average American 570 liters and between 1,000 and 4,000 liters of water are needed to produce just one liter of biofuel.
Our team has developed a variety of plans to address water resource management in Arizona.
a. The most important step is, of course, repairing our atmosphere through Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture.
b. Next the University of Surrey recently, co-developed a new form of water augmentation via sea water desalination called manipulated osmosis. The technique helps to remove impurities such as limescale before the reverse osmosis process, which reduces the amount of energy needed by as much as 30%, as well as increasing the lifespan of the membranes and reducing maintenance costs. This technology can be combined with seawater greenhouses, which produce water for irrigation by pumping seawater into the greenhouse and piping it over honeycomb cardboard pads that provide a large area for evaporative cooling. It is now possible to implement solar applications to cover the 3.5 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity are needed to desalinate 1 cubic meter of seawater (1.3kWh to pump seawater to the plant and 2.2kWh for the reverse osmosis process.) (Pumping a cubic metre of fresh water distances of more than 200km requires more energy than desalinating the same amount of seawater.) In addition, many plants produce the bulk of their water at night when there is less demand for electricity, and thus utilize power that would otherwise go to waste. Instead of building additional costly barriers between Arizona and our southern neighbor Mexico we will pursue a mutually beneficial desalination venture to the Gulf of Mexico. In the process we will create an entirely new sector for our economy.
c. The Bureau of Reclamation wants a drought contingency plan finished this year to more equitably handle shortages at Lake Mead – the goal, protect lake levels from crashing in the next few years a scenario the bureau says is likely! But it doesn’t make more water for us to use as supplies become more scarce.
d. Recycled water that is filtered to standards that make it much cleaner than, yes, even the bottled water we buy. We need to study it at least as seriously desalination.
e. It makes no sense that two of Arizona’s biggest cash crops are the most water-intensive plants out there: Cotton and alfalfa. We need to find alternatives. For example, efforts are underway in the Verde Valley to grow barley for Arizona microbreweries.
f. Farmers must ensure their business is strong enough to endure cuts, which means using their water allotments more wisely.
g. Some of the infrastructure we use to deliver water to farms (and cities) is crumbling. We lose an alarming amount of water to canal leaks.
h. Too many farms have yet to convert to drip irrigation, which could help them grow just as much stuff with far less water. We need incentives – and probably at some point, sustained public investments – to help save this precious resource.
i. New subdivisions should be encouraged to offer community pools instead of backyard ones, and more cities should consider including pool removal in the rebates it offers for ripping out grass in favor of xeriscape.
Paid For By: Taxing capital gains and dividends the same as income from work and savings from health tax expenditures (est. $23 billion).
7) Environmental Protection
True to its pioneering spirit, Arizona has taken on the task of moving as rapidly as possible to sustainable, non-polluting sources of energy and reducing our state-wide “climate footprint”.
e. It goes without saying that my staff will encourage and foster all reasonable efforts to protect Arizona's natural resources and shift as completely as possible to sustainable energy and lifeways.
f. We will resist to the fullest extent possible attempts by outside parties to damage the ecology of our proud state.
g. Because of the extraordinary threat to public safety posed by uranium mining and hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations, we will seek a ban on such operations and insist on the safe removal of any existing fracking equipment and waste products above and below ground.
h. We will insist upon companies paying for their own cleanup and not leaving this for the taxpayers.
i. We will require companies ensure that the public is protected from pipeline and other energy infrastructure failures.
j. We will encourage a federal job guarantee for former fossil fuel industry employees.
k. We will work toward reparations for communities most impacted by fossil fuel pollution.
l. We will restrict pipeline permits to avoid harm or potential harm to citizens.
m. We will assist companies in divesting pension funds from fossil fuels.
n. We will divert new fossil fuel exploration to building and production from carbon capture.
Paid for By: Ending the carried interest loophole that allows billionaire hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate than nurses and truck drivers (est. $12 billion). Establishing a fair-use tax for non-residents utilizing Arizona State services (est. $13 billion).
8) Managing Migration and Human Rights
These concerns have become intimately associated issues around the world. According to the United Nations, in 2017 there were over 189 million people forced to leave their homes. All of us were migrants at some time in history. In Arizona various cultures such as the Cochise, the Anasazi, the Hohokam, and the Sinagua have flourished, coexisted, conflicted and faded from as early at 25,000 BC. In a March 2017 Gallup poll 45-57% of Americans believe new immigrants make our country better and stronger. A priority for my Administration will be equal protections for all peace-loving citizens. Equality includes equal access to educational services, public services and opportunities.
a. We will involve our higher education institutions in the development of research-based curricula for our primary school system focused on positive citizenship and life values. We will spend our public money on effective education, social development and character building in our public schools rather than on warehousing offenders in our prisons.
b. Undocumented workers face limited employment options and are easily exploited by employers. Their families are thus more likely to be poor. Children also live with the ever-present fear and anxiety that their parents may be arrested and deported at any moment – and are injured by trauma when they are.
c. My Administration will foster programming for the prevention and remediation of physical, sexual and intellectual discrimination and abuse in educational, employment and all other relevant settings. In doing so, we will also bear in mind that discrimination and abuse occur in situations where a power differential exists. Consenting adults, peers, colleagues, friends and others of equal status should not fear accusation or reprisal for behavior that does not violate the rule of law.
d. Finally, in our youth-oriented culture, the elders of our community are too easily pushed aside and discarded. We should follow the example of other cultures who afford senior members dignity and respect in their old age. We will continue to vigorously assess and address the needs of our aging Arizona population.
e. Increases in migration (“immigration”) today are primarily traceable to the effects of climate change, which in turn has primarily been induced by the actions of corporations doing business in whole or in part in the United States. As climate is disrupted, disease, drought, famine, and conflicts have increased around the world. Countries better positioned to sustain themselves in the face of climate disruption have a responsibility to address the needs of those suffering its effects and a balance between border strength and international aid must be reached. The goals of our Administration will be these:
a. In Arizona immigrants should not be discriminated against based on race, creed or color.
b. American schools should be funded and supported sufficiently that the US does not need to “import” skills. We must instead make room for the most needy and unsafe – those seeking refuge from life threatening or disastrous conditions.
c. Children, families with children under 18 and those with medical conditions related to climate change will be given priority in the immigration process.
d. Persons with histories of violent criminal behavior, gang or organized crime associations or association with belief systems advocating crime or violence will be prohibited without recourse to re-application.
e. Immigrants will be required to speak English fluently or at least sufficiently to accomplish all activities of living. State-funded multi-lingual programs will be phased out.
f. Immigrants will be required to receive active familiarization with US cultural norms, workings of government, community resources and pass examination on this content.
g. As criteria for admission, immigrants will be assigned reduced or “probationary” rights less than the rights normally associated with US citizenship e.g. no right to vote, no right to select where they will reside, no right to refuse gainful employment, no right to social services.
h. Probationary Immigrants will be restricted from forming cultural sub-groups and will instead be evenly dispersed into the population. Quotas will be established in this regard.
i. Probationary Immigrants will be required to maintain employment and remain free of violent crime and may not participate in demonstrations or other political activity of any kind.
j. Immigrants will be considered probationary for 5 years. At the end of this period all immigrants must apply for full US citizenship. If they are unable to obtain full US citizenship within the next 2 years they must make arrangements to leave the country grateful for 7 years of safe haven from the conditions which initially brought them to the US.
Paid for By: Direct funding by carbon producing corporations without passing along this burden to customers. Phasing out and de-funding state-funded multi-lingual and other programs made obsolete by a-j above ($12 billion). Establishing a small fair-use tax for non-Arizona citizens utilizing Arizona State services ($8 billion).
9) Building Stronger Government
In the past century American governance, as an expression of the will of the citizenry, has been degraded. People need a voice in their society and corporations don't give us all a vote. The purpose of corporations is to make money. The purpose of government is to protect the welfare of its citizens. Two very different jobs that need to be in balance. Government does not have to be large, complex and expensive to do its job.
a. Public Polling Data. So often we elect officials and then it seems they do whatever they please instead of representing will of the people. Under my leadership, the Arizona Governor’s office will conduct public polling to ensure that we stay on track with what is important to you.
b. Separation of Business and Government as in Church and State. The Members of the 1787 Constitutional Convention were aware that England and other major powers at the time had already taken action to try and separate government and business. Scandals involving influence peddling and illegal lobbying practices had caused England to ban corporations some years before. While not codified into the U.S. Constitution, delegates at the time voiced strong concerns which only became more serious as time went on. Today large multinational corporations now influence government like the church did during feudalism. The very necessary purpose of government is to determine the needs of its constituency and then administrate those needs with a high level of efficiency and economy. The role of business is to generate profits, not to represent the interests of the citizenry. Government, business and the church are and should be separate.
c. We will move away from privatization and toward strengthening, streamlining and economizing the direct provision of services to citizens.
d. We will also work toward putting citizens back in control of their banking, loan, insurance and credit experiences.
e. Only 28% of Americans report feeling our current system of governance is working well. We will research, develop and field test innovative methodologies such as campaign finance reform, elimination of outmoded governmental structures, direct digital democracy and other strategies for making government more streamlined, directly accessible and responsive to the citizenry it serves.
Paid for By: Removing payroll tax cap for earnings above $250,000 ($15 billion). Closing carried interest loophole ($3.4 billion).
10) Increasing Traffic Safety
Arizona motor vehicle crash deaths are again on the rise and a large proportion of these deaths are born by young drivers new to the driving experience.
a. We will implement proactive, evidence-based crash reduction initiatives for users of public roadways. We will make dramatic improvements in Arizona driver courtesy and safety behaviors through education and enforcement.
b. We will work with the Secretary of State to include questions on the examination for new drivers to include proactive accident-avoidance behaviors reverse-engineered from crash data.
c. We will work with law enforcement to rebalance our traffic management efforts toward encouraging safe and courteous driving behavior and concern for other motorists versus generation of revenue.
Paid for By: Creation of a special “20/20” excise on automobiles with fuel efficiency below 20mpg or purchase price above $20,000 ($14 billion). If needed a percentage of state lottery revenue.
11) Gun Safety The Second Amendment gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. It does not specify the type of firearms, nor does it provide for a right to conceal arms in public.
a. No rights in the constitution are unlimited and all carry with them responsibilities. Based on our understanding of the firearms available to the average citizen at the time we assume it was the Founders intent for the Second Amendment to translate only to a right to own single action rifles and handguns for legal hunting and home defense purposes. It is our position therefore that it is unconstitutional for civilians to own or use automatic weapons capable of firing more than one round per trigger pull. Further we do not want our domestic law enforcement personnel to have to confront automatic weapons among the public when doing their duty. These weapons in all forms (production and modified) should therefore be limited to military and law enforcement officers.
b. Carrying a concealed weapon implies an intent to carry and potentially use a firearm in a public setting (there is generally no need to conceal a gun at home). As with use of a motor vehicle this raises concerns for the safety of members of the public who come in contact with the concealed weapon holder and the need for specialized medical screening and tactical training. With this in mind, our administration would put in place a background check, medical examination and 32 hours of classroom and field training as a requirement for obtaining or renewing a concealed weapons license. This would include, among other things, training in "shoot - don't shoot" scenario's, weapon retention and use of concealment and cover. We would be in favor of nation-wide reciprocity once licensed.
Paid For By: Taxing corporate offshore income ($7 billion).
12) Closing the Gender Gap There can be little doubt that gender inequality does still persist in the United States, as some striking facts make clear: Women still make only about 80% of what men earn for full time work. Women are less likely to hold managerial or supervisory positions, and when they do, their positions carry less authority.
“Housewives” are perceived as in the lower half of all groups in social status, below “blue collar workers.” Even when both partners earn wages, women do twice as much housework and child care. To be sure, American women have made substantial gains since 1970. But gains have leveled off since the 1990s, suggesting that the gender revolution may be stalling – or at least slowing down. Our Administration will work to:
a. Reduce socialization by parents and other adults of girls and boys into traditional gender roles.
b. Confront gender stereotyping by the popular and news media.
c. Increase public consciousness of the reasons for, extent of, and consequences of rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography.
d. Increase enforcement of existing laws against gender-based employment discrimination and against sexual harassment.
e. Increase funding of rape-crisis centers and other services for girls and women who have been raped and/or sexually assaulted.
f. Increase government funding of high-quality day-care options to enable parents, and especially mothers, to work outside the home if they so desire, and to do so without fear that their finances or their children’s well-being will be compromised.
g. Increase mentorship and other efforts to boost the number of women in traditionally male occupations and in positions of political leadership.
13) Reducing Poverty
Most experts agree on basic strategies for reducing poverty. Our Administration will seek to establish policies which reduce the stagnation of poverty and disenfranchisement including:
a. There’s a lot of work to be done in the U.S. but much of it won’t generate a profit. That’s where government can step in. Investments in infrastructure fixing old bridges, building mass transit, converting to clean energy sources and investments in vital services such as schools, childcare and elder care generate both public benefits and jobs. Building low-cost housing provides jobs as it increases disposable income by lowering housing costs.
b. Establish local-hiring ordinances for large employers in low-income communities.
c. Subsidized community college could train more people.
d. Raise the minimum wage. The federal poverty threshold for a family of three is $20,090. Cities and some states are taking the lead raising the minimum wage to a living wage. Many studies suggest that strengthening unions and collective bargaining rights would also bring upward pressure on wages across the board.
e. Strengthening existing programs like unemployment insurance, food stamps (SNAP), cash assistance, and the earned income tax credit (EITC), along with new initiatives like child allowances and a guaranteed income, can raise household income and protect children.
f. Paid family and sick leave. Leave would protect parents who take time off to care for their new baby, a sick child or family member from falling into poverty.
g. End mass incarceration. The U.S. holds almost one quarter of the world’s prisoners. The war on drugs and police targeting of young black and brown men have wreaked special havoc on African American and Latino families, removing fathers from the workforce and their children. (Many employers refuse to hire people with even minor criminal records, and many parolees are locked out of credit, housing, even education.)
h. Invest in high quality childcare and early education. Many parents must spend a significant chunk of their income on childcare, or can’t work because they can’t find quality childcare that’s affordable. Center-based care now averages more than $10,000 a year. Head Start (ages 3 – 5) funding enables it to serve only 42% of eligible families, while Early Head Start (birth to 3) serves less than 5%. Many studies illustrate that high quality childcare and ed helps low-income children build the foundation for skills that enable better education, jobs and earnings.
i. Reduce segregation and concentrated poverty. Structural racism has placed an even greater burden on black and Latino children, particularly low income children, shuttling them to isolated, resource-poor, and excluded poor communities. Housing vouchers along with re-zoning enabling scattered site low-income housing would reduce segregation and concentrated poverty and give poor children of color better access to resources, schools and social capital they can use to get ahead.
j. End the poverty tax. People living in low-income neighborhoods pay extra for most everything, from food to car loans, and are dependent upon high-interest “pay-day loans” because many banks won’t serve poor neighborhoods. Nor can poor people afford to save money by purchasing in bulk. And without access to capital, low-income people can’t save enough to invest in their education or job training.
14) Strengthening Communities
History shows that people of good heart and spirit care for their neighbors in difficult times. We must work to strengthen the motivations and rewards for kindness and compassion among Arizonans. For numerous reasons American society has become increasingly fragmented and tense over race, immigration, gun violence and our social media manipulated. Russia (and perhaps other countries) and certainly by corporate elements in our own country are actively working to destabilize America and it’s working! Additionally, multi-national corporate forces within our own society often prey upon our differences and anxieties with the goal of distracting and disempowering us as citizens for their own gain (often referred to as the “shock doctrine” of “disaster capitalism”). We cannot allow these forces to further degrade the social connections which bind us together as Arizonans and Americans. (Interestingly, our neighbors in Europe contribute 50% less to global warming by living happier lives in tighter knit communities.) As Governor, I will press forward on programs to strengthen our communities and social connections – the things that truly “make America great” (not greed and gluttony).
b. In Arizona we will take active steps to move away mistaking greed and excess for self-sufficiency and providing for our families. We will work toward our common goals of peaceful, friendly communities and employers who value the health and dignity of their workers. We will walk kindly, but carry a big stick - making it clear to those whose values are cruelty, dishonesty and selfishness that their ways are not welcome in Arizona.
c. Labor unions are also an essential, and often neglected, part of community and we will work to support them. We will also refuse to tolerate bullying and intimidation tactics.
d. We will develop programs to increase community connectedness including the sharing of public resources knowing that isolationism is a danger to public welfare.
e. Building up public transit in underserved communities.
f. Develop labor agreements with local unions to build renewables.
g. Encourage community-owned renewables.
h. Instead of unfairly targeting people of color and recent immigrants we will focus our policing on removal of those whose actions cause fear and division in our communities. Behavior and not ethnic background is what should determine an individual’s citizenship.
i. We will work to increase voluntarism. Everyone works for money – it is what an individual does for no reward that defines their character.
MORE ABOUT OCEAN ASSISTED CARBON CAPTURE + REFLECTION
Climate Change has first priority because without a functioning atmosphere none of our other human endeavors will be fruitful. We must remove the large amount of carbon already in the atmosphere before the 2030’s, which means we have to act now. It will be too late to start by the next election cycle. There is one plan for removing existing carbon from the atmosphere which seems the safest and most effective. Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture + Reflection (OACC+R) which utilizes the natural process of carbon drawdown and sequestering performed by deep-sea EHUX algae. By simply enhancing this procedure use of liquid C02 boiloff from CCS (carbon capture) at coal and fossil pollution sites (not by using iron supplementation) we can actually capture CO2 fast enough to restore a normal 280 ppm of atmospheric carbon by 2075 - and cool the planet using secondary EHUX reflectance characteristics well before that. Implemented soon, an algae-based carbon removal can cumulatively capture and safely sink 500 billion metric tons of atmospheric CO2 into deep oceans where it will remain for thousands of years in non-life sustaining mid-latitude seas. (Recurrent blooming, sealed sterile nurseries and location in oligotrophic mid-latitude open oceans resolve historical problems with EHUX carbon-drawdown utilization.) In addition, use of liquid C02 boiloff will incentivize those industries to promote rather than block - creating new jobs and contributing to world economy.
Many of us are immobilized by various levels of denial or “climate shock”. Some mistakenly believe we have decades or centuries to delay. Some have put the cart before the horse focusing on long-term measures such as sustainable energy or various plans for carbon emissions regulation. Unfortunately, we ignored the warnings 40 years ago and lost our chance to avert disaster by shifting to sustainable energy sources. A clear-headed reading of the research literature makes it obvious that everything else we are doing on climate is irrelevant unless, in less than 20 years, we mobilize a massive effort to remove carbon already in the atmosphere. This Administration will encourage Climate Repair through all means possible including tax subsidies and grants.