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Q1. How would you increase funding and incentives to develop affordable housing for low and middle-income communities?
Q2. How would you support the growing number of renters in our state?
Q3. How would you increase the resources needed for our students and teachers to be successful?
Q4. How would you address economic and racial disparities in our schools?
Q5. How would you create a welcoming and supportive environment in Nevada for immigrants and their families?
Q6. How would you increase healthcare access and affordability in Nevada?
Q7. How would you increase community capacity around mental health and substance abuse?
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A1. I will increase funding in Nevada by taxing the wealthiest corporations in our state. I will increase the affordable housing standards for new development in Nevada as well as create strong financial incentives for developers. Nevada needs working-class housing that is affordable to low-income workers. No one should have to work more than one full-time job in order to afford rent.
A2. I will fight for working-class renters by increasing the minimum wage to a living wage. COVID-19 has shown the world the importance of low wage essential workers and it’s time they get paid what they deserve. Nevada should increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour and create a variable minimum wage that automatically increases with the cost of living every year. Nevada needs to make sure every renter is safe from eviction during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. I will fight to improve tenant rights and protections in Nevada while making sure any new development in Nevada provides affordable housing for the working class.
A3. Nevada’s education system has consistently ranked last for years. This is due to underfunding and this problem is now even worse with COVID-19. I would propose doubling Nevada’s per-pupil spending and implementing a corporate income tax to cover the education funding increase. Nevada must invest in improving our education system and we do this by taxing some of the wealthiest corporations in the world like Walmart, Tesla, and Amazon.
A4. Nevada can be a leader in education by embracing progressive education policy. If elected I would propose free pre-k and college for every Nevadan. The best way to strengthen a community and economy is to educate its citizens. I would also propose that every student household have both a computer and internet access regardless of the household’s income. COVID-19 has shown us that our education system now depends on computers and the internet for the students to learn. If elected I will fight for free breakfast and lunch for all students regardless of income. The brain requires proper nutrition to learn and all students deserve to eat regardless of their financial situation. Nevada needs to be a leader among states and show the rest of the country the value of education.
A5. Nevada should welcome immigrants and their families from everywhere across the world. I would try to make it clear to all Nevadans that immigration is a healthy part of every community. Immigrants bring new perspectives and culture to Nevada that no one else can offer. I would make it clear that all immigrants with good intentions are welcome in Nevada regardless of their immigration status. I believe that all immigrants should have a path to citizenship. Nevada needs to ensure we have enough resources to process our immigrants in a timely fashion. Data shows that immigrants commit less crime than citizens so I oppose spending resources on detaining nonviolent immigrants while they are “being processed”. Immigrants in Nevada are just like everyone else, trying to live a happy life and provide for their families.
A6. I support a single-payer system, more specifically Medicare for all. So how are you gonna pay for it? We already pay for health care with insurance premiums, deductibles, copays and everything else health insurance refuses to pay for. I have been battling my health insurance for almost a year because they failed to cover my daughter’s birth, which is supposed to be 100% covered. Right now people are paying the overhead cost of thousands of individual health insurance companies which means thousands of CEOs and electronic record systems. Medicare for all would save money by eliminating the profit in health insurance. Current health plans have specific doctors in network which means if you switch plans then your primary doctor of 20 years might not be in the new plan. Medicare for all allows you to keep the same doctor for life. Our current system is profit-driven meaning the sicker you are and the longer you are sick the more profit is made. Medicare for all is health-driven meaning its goal is to keep everyone healthy proactively which costs less overall. Nevada should proudly take care of our sick instead of bankrupting them due to medical bills. COVID-19 has shown us the importance of a single-payer system and the fatal flaws of our current system. If elected I will fight for all Nevadans to have affordable healthcare.
A7. Mental health and substance abuse treatment are both included in Medicare for All. Mental health is just as important as physical health and all Nevadans deserve proper mental health care. Many tragedies such as shootings and suicides could be prevented with mental health counseling. Drug addiction should be viewed as a disease instead of a crime. Nevada is healthier and stronger when our children and neighbors are healthier and stronger. I will always fight for comprehensive single-payer healthcare to improve the lives of every Nevadan.
Philip “PK” O’Neill
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A1. Tax breaks for businesses that help the communities they are in to help funding for home buying and lower mortgage rates. As well as tax breaks for developers building affordable housing.
A2. Putting a lower percentage cap on how much a landlord can raise rent yearly. This would have to be fair to those landlords also, in order to get this type of legislation passed.
A3. Using the revenue from the tax on the sale of marijuana that is supposed to go to education.
A4. All students should be afforded all the benefits that school can provide. Educating, the community, through public outreach, as to how those disparities have a negative affect on our communities.
A5. As leaders in our communities we need to recognize the value and contributions of all residents. We have to engage in positive communications, and be mindful that differences between us, is what makes us a stronger community.
A6. I believe in a healthcare system for all. Either Medicare for all, or some other form of healthcare that allows everyone access to healthcare regardless of their financial situation.
A7. We need to destigmatize mental health and substance abuse and treat these illnesses just like we do for any other health concern.
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