All North Carolinians deserve access to quality care they can afford, especially those with mental illness and substance use disorders. North Carolina is one of only thirteen states that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Ricky will push to expand Medicaid, meaning over 10,000 new people would be covered by insurance in Alamance County.
Ricky believes in the right to a quality public education for every child. He will fight for greater investment in our teachers and students, not play politics with future generations. These investments include increasing access to early childhood education, raising teacher pay, investing in supplemental staff to support the needs of our students, and creating incentives to recruit and retain diverse educators to work with our increasingly diverse student population.
North Carolina must build an inclusive economy that works for everyone. This vision begins with investing in public higher education so that it is affordable for working families.Ricky is committed to making it cheaper for students to attend college and create innovative partnerships with our private sector to prepare our workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Protecting our clean air and water for the health and safety of North Carolinians should be our top priority, not the bottom line of corporations benefiting from our natural resources. Ricky will reverse the harmful era of Republican deregulation and make sure our state agencies have the resources they need to keep polluters accountable. Lastly, Ricky will drive NC forward as a national leader in renewable energies to mitigate the impact of climate change.
We must end gerrymandering and voter suppression in North Carolina. Ricky is committed to making it easier, not harder, for people to vote through automatic voter registration. He is also committed to ending gerrymandering for good by implementing nonpartisan, independent redistricting to ensure voters are choosing their elected officials, not the other way around.