Economy

Johnson City Flag and Pal's

Half of our community is living in poverty or near poverty. Fifteen percent of Washington County households are living below the federal poverty level. An additional 30% are “ALICE” households: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. It’s a more complicated way of saying “the working poor.” This includes everyone from young single adults entering the workforce for the first time to …

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Health Care

Brad Batt for State House yard sign

Everyone deserves to see a doctor when they are sick. If you can’t afford health insurance or if your deductibles and co-pays are so high you can’t afford to go to the doctor, that’s not freedom. Our choices in Tennessee shouldn’t be limited to living in either a healthcare desert or under a medical monopoly. Hospitals in rural towns are …

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Education

Brad Batt and his daughter at Towne Acres Elementary

Public education must be a top priority for our state. Tennessee has the money to invest in education without raising taxes, but our state government has failed to act. Instead, we have teachers buying supplies using money from their own pockets. Tennessee is currently: 🏫 43rd in nation in Overall Funding 📚 47th in nation in Effort 👨🏽‍🎓 45th in Spending Per …

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