So many issues face us. Shante Munns can tackle them and make our community a better place.
Affordable Health Care:
The rising costs imposed upon us by large pharmaceutical companies and others in the healthcare industry have left us less healthy and less economically stable than ever before. Costs are increasing while life expectancy is going down. Solutions like transparency related to medical costs, cheaper and more readily available generic prescriptions, and a change in the research and development regulations are areas where we need to focus our attention. Bringing down the costs of essential medications and prescriptions like insulin will be a priority for me. Our healthcare can be vastly improved with the right innovations and fair pricing in place. I will also be committed to protecting the services and resources that so many rely upon to receive the medical care that they need. Americans have paid into our healthcare system for many years and we all deserve to enjoy our lives with good and affordable healthcare made available to us.
Florida ranks third among the 50 states in the number of small businesses that call our state home. We need to enhance opportunities for these businesses that are the backbone of our country’s economy. We all know that our small businesses were devastatingly impacted by the pandemic, and they need all the assistance possible to fully reopen and continue to thrive. As the owner of two small businesses, I know it is important to provide mentorship, training, and most of all, resources to our entrepreneurs. I support expanding tax breaks for small businesses and will work to expand opportunities for new market tax credits, deductions, and credit initiatives so that they can succeed, contribute, and grow. Economic development means equal opportunity, and I’m excited to work to ensure that we can continue to create more jobs for more American and strengthen the future of our workforce.
Preserving and Protecting Our Environment:
We all know very well the impact that natural disasters can have on our beautiful state and our ability to recover and restore after these events, but there is only so much recovering that we can do before there is nothing left to recover. We need bold actions to protect and preserve our environment and make our communities resilient to the effects of the extreme weather we are threatened with each year. I will fight to preserve our natural resources and fortify our environment by pursuing all opportunities to rebuild our infrastructure and protect our environment. We need to make sure that businesses and industries are held responsible for the harmful products they pollute our air, land, and water with. They should not be rewarded for damaging our futures with tax breaks when the effects of their actions are harming us all and jeopardizing the future of our planet for our children. We also need to invest in clean energy and modernize our power grids to ensure that we can support our population growth while protecting our environment. Central Florida is the fastest-growing section of the United States, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Lake County alone grew a staggering 29% - nearly 100,000 people – between 2010 and 2020. Adequate public transportation that is not only efficient but reduces our carbon emissions because of its modernization provides a cleaner and safe environment for us while also creating thousands of jobs and furthering our goals for increasing economic opportunities.
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