Chad Young on the Issues


EDUCATION

Public School

Like every good parent in Alabama, I want to put my child on the right track for success in school, work, and life. That path starts with a first-class education. But too often  education suffers when we lose good teachers due to low wages or lack of support. Too many teachers are forced to retire, or reach into their own pockets to fund their classrooms’ needs. Supporting our schools means supporting our teachers.

I will:

  • Help reverse the worsening pattern of underinvestment in our schools, students, teachers, and classroom technology so that our kids are getting the education they need and deserve.

  • Support legislation to increase the salary of our teachers so that our schools can afford and retain the best educators available.

  • Push for our retired educators to receive a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
     

Access to Higher Education

Quality education for young people is what will ultimately help rebuild our skilled workforce and drive long-term economic growth and development. But many families can’t afford a higher education that will give them those opportunities.

I will:

  • Support legislation for every Alabama student to have access to at least two years of tuition funding at in-state institutions of higher learning.

  • Favor investments that promote accessibility and affordability.

  • Look for ways to ease the financial pressures on those working hard to pursue their dreams.


The Economy

Rebuilding Our Workforce

Our economy is changing rapidly. As a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), I will be a representative who is tireless and determined in promoting jobs and economic growth in this state.

I will:

  • Support legislation that seeks to ensure that businesses have access to the skilled workforce they need to thrive in Alabama.

  • Promote dual enrollment programs and industrial training that will create new workforce development opportunities for young Alabamians.

  • Support major investments in education, infrastructure and innovation.

  • Seek to remove the state tax on groceries; this tax disproportionately impacts Alabama’s working-class families.
     

Small Business

As the main driver of our regional and statewide economies, small business owners must have access to the tools they need to thrive, expand, and hire locally.

I will:

  • Encourage investment in programs that boost entrepreneurship and small business development.

  • Seek to make our small businesses aware of all of the available programs that provide support from both the state and federal government.

  • Help to make contracts with our state agencies more closely reflect the inclusive approach of the federal government’s system.

  • Encourage the creation and growth of veteran-owned, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.  
     

The Lottery

For years, the State of Alabama has been considering a lottery to meet a portion of its financial burden.

I will:

  • Support legislation to reconsider the state lottery.

  • Include a mandate to direct all funds to critical budgetary needs and education.

Use lottery funds to improve Pre-K through 12th grade education, provide higher education scholarships, increase economic development (rural, suburban, and urban), and eliminate the tax on groceries.


Healthcare

Ensuring Access to Healthcare

The current situation in Washington is creating an uncertain landscape for Alabamians when it comes to access to affordable, quality health care.

I will:

  • Work with other state representatives, the federal government, and a transitional health care system to make sure that all citizens, regardless of income level or pre-existing conditions, can purchase insurance and stay with the physician of their choice.

  • Provide assurance to families that an unexpected sickness will not deplete their life savings.

  • Support measures to strengthen existing programs that assist our most financially vulnerable citizens, including by expanding the Medicaid program.


Prison Reform & Mental Health

Prison Reform

Prisons in Alabama are becoming more overcrowded every day and our current system is just not working. 

I will:

  • Favor a policy approach focused on the principles of effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Support legislation that promotes evidence-based crime prevention.

  • Seek to boost the success rate of an ex-offender’s reentry into society and reduce recidivism through criminal rehabilitation programs and other support systems.
     

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The opioid epidemic, and drug and alcohol disorders, are destroying many families and communities across our state and our country. Approximately 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2016 alone.

I will:

  • Seek to increase the number of affordable, state-financed treatment centers in Alabama.

  • Encourage investment in evidence-based programs that have been proven effective in battling the epidemic of addiction.  
     

Mental Health

For those Alabamians who suffer from mental illness and behavioral health concerns, we have a moral and a legal responsibility to provide quality mental health options.

I will:

  • Seek to adequately fund effective, evidence-based mental health programs.

  • Improve our state’s mental health system through a review of mental health programs in order to ensure we are providing the highest quality services and that everyone, regardless of status or income, can access them.


Ending Political Corruption

Like many of you, I find our current political climate troublesome. I believe that government must operate openly and efficiently, and be accountable to the people.

I will:

  • Help to enact and enforce tough ethical standards and strong campaign finance and anti-corruption laws.

  • Promote a legislative agenda that puts the citizens of Alabama, not the interests of special parties, first.