I understand what it takes to raise a family here in Metro Atlanta. I was a Delta flight attendant for three decades, and I was proud to raise my son Jordan here. I will apply common sense Georgia values and do everything I can to protect your pocketbook or wallet.
This is why I strongly oppose the Trump-Handel Tax Scam signed into law in December 2017. I am a staunch supporter of middle class and small business tax cuts, but I also believe that the Trump-Handel Tax Scam disproportionately benefits the ultra-wealthy and multinational corporations. Furthermore, I am concerned that the Trump-Handel Tax Scam will exacerbate wealth inequality in our country and burden our children with an insurmountable amount of debt.
Instead, I favor focusing on the middle class and working families. In addition to making middle class tax cuts permanent, I want to increase the minimum wage and making the federal earned income tax credit more generous. Growing up, I was taught that if you are able and willing to put in hard work in America, you should be able to earn a living wage. No one in Cobb, DeKalb, or Fulton Counties can comfortably live on $7.25 an hour.
When it comes to trade, I strongly disagree with the Trump Administration applying seemingly-random tariffs on imported goods. I fear that these tariffs will eventually lead to a trade war which will undoubtedly hurt Georgia families and businesses. Georgia’s exports have increased by 50% over the past decade, and we cannot afford these senseless policies if Metro Atlanta wants to compete well into the 21st century.
I support free and fair multilateral trade agreements with our allies. Atlanta is in many ways a gateway to the rest world, and I feel it would be a catastrophic mistake to further isolate the United States from our partners. But that being said, when we enter such agreements, the United States must insist on strong protections for the environment and our workers.