CHILDREN 

 

When I’m your next District 2 State Senator my highest
priority will be North Carolina’s children. We need better
care and earlier education for many of our children.

  • We need more support for young mothers.

  • North Carolina’s death rate for newborns must be
    improved.

  • Children cannot be hungry in our state.

  • Teachers deserve better pay.

  • We must return teaching assistants to more classrooms.

  • Our school buildings should be safer and more up-to-date.

  • We must prevent school shootings!

In 2019 Governor Cooper introduced the North Carolina Early
Childhood Action Plan. Implemented by our Department of
Health and Human Services, the governor’s plan promises healthier bodies and a brighter future to all children in our state. I will support the plan wholeheartedly.  Nothing is more important for our future than the health, education and well-being of our children. Click on the circle at right to learn much more about what North Carolina is doing for kids.

I agree with Governor Roy Cooper. On his campaign website the governor speaks for all of us. He says, “I want a North Carolina where people are better educated, healthier, have more money in their pockets, and have the opportunity to live lives of purpose and abundance.” 

 

That’s just what I will work for as your North Carolina Senate District 2 Senator.

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Issues That Matter
 
WORKING FAMILIES

 

I will support an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

 

Governor Cooper’s Early Childhood Action Plan will
help women and their children in many ways,  but
it doesn’t address family healthcare and parents’
wages. Poverty doesn’t have to define the lives of
many of our young people. The minimum wage in
North Carolina is $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage
was last raised in 2007 when it was increased by
80 cents an hour. It has not increased at all since
2010. A full-time N.C. minimum-wage worker earns
$15,080 per year — $1,000 less than the federal poverty level for 2018 for a family of one adult and one child. All full time workers deserve to earn a living wage.

 

One argument heard against raising the minimum wage is that it mostly applies to teens.

Teenagers aren’t the only people paid the minimum wage. Older people who work part time are often minimum wage workers.

When I am elected to the North Carolina Senate, I will support an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

The Democratic party has worked for many decades to give young people the advantages
that we would all like to enjoy. It’s time for us to lead again, to help adolescents and young adults enjoy a brighter future by increasing the minimum wage and by joining the majority of
states that allow their citizens to be covered by Expanded Medicaid.

I will vote to expand Medicaid

Let’s think for a minute about a young woman who works at a low-wage job. She doesn’t have access to health care or to birth control. If she becomes pregnant, any pre-existing conditions she may have, such as diabetes, could seriously harm her and her unborn child. This young woman and her child need our help. We should be helping them to become healthier, to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, to raise their children in a safe homes, and to enjoy the benefits of a better education.

Working people with low wage jobs deserve access to good medical care.

 

Consider these benefits of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina:

  • 626,000 more North Carolinians will have access to health care.

  • The cost of insurance will be low; families of four with an income under $27,000 will be eligible for no-cost coverage.

  • North Carolina will receive $36.1 billion over the next 10 years as a result of expanding Medicaid coverage. That, and the many new jobs Expanded Medicaid will create, will lift North Carolina’s economy.

  • NC is the second most expensive state for health care overall and NC residents who buy their own health care pay the third highest monthly premiums in the nation.

  • The federal government will cover 90 percent of the costs of Medicaid in expansion. Currently it only covers half of the cost in NC.

  • Premiums for people who buy their own health insurance are 7 percent lower in states that have expanded Medicaid.  Uncompensated care costs at hospitals are lower in Medicaid expansion states where more people are insured and thus able to pay hospital bills for emergency care.

  • Federal taxes paid by NC residents are going to other states.

Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have steadfastly refused to accept Expanded Medicaid just because it’s part of Obamacare. I will vote to expand Medicaid.

 
SENIOR CITIZENS 

 

I’m running for our senior citizens. After all, I am one. I know the challenges older people have to deal with from loneliness and limited budgets to proper nutrition and illness. As they say, “old age is not for sissies.”

The federal government has recently made significant cuts to “SNAP” – the program most of us know as “food stamps.” This will hurt many older Americans as the price of groceries continues to rise. It may become necessary for the North Carolina government to help fill that void.

I am greatly concerned that the federal government may begin reducing our Social Security and Medicare benefits if the Trump administration continues. These are benefits we worked for and paid for all our lives. We should not have to worry about losing them.  But, should that happen, it will be up to the state to help those who suddenly can’t make ends meet. I will be fighting to make sure that happens.We have a need for more housing for senior citizens in our counties. Recently, a fine apartment building for seniors was constructed in New Bern but the need will continue to grow. I will work with the housing authorities in this district to help them meet the needs of our aging population.

 
THE OPIOID CRISIS 

 

Opioid addiction afflicts people of all ages and their families. When parents of young children are arrested on drug charges their children are often removed from their homes and placed in foster care. There are so many of these children in North Carolina now that the foster care system is overwhelmed. Parents’ are drug tested regularly. They must stay drug free for a long period of time in order to recover their children. Many children are permanently taken from their parents, left to sink or swim in foster care.

From Attorney General Josh Stein’s website,  I learned these facts:

  • Five people die from opioid overdoses every day in our state

  • More people die from opioid overdoses than in car crashes.

  • More than 2,000 North Carolinians died of an opioid overdose in 2017 – a 32 percent increase over the previous year.

  • Between 1999 and 2017, more than 13,169 North Carolina residents lost their lives to unintentional opioid overdoses.

  • The number of overdose deaths in 2017 was nearly 17 times higher than in 1999.

  • Carteret and Pamlico counties in our district are among the counties with the highest rates of unintentional overdose deaths. The death rate is even higher in Jones County.

If elected I will vote to expand Medicaid in North Carolina, which will enable the creation of more treatment facilities for those who are addicted.

 
CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

I won’t deny Global Warming – I’ll fight it!

 

As the North Carolina Senator for District 2, I’ll be
working to keep our shores and beaches safe and
healthy.

I’ll encourage the growth of solar energy farms.

I will work to protect our shores from natural disasters. We need better planning to prepare for the next hurricane.

I’ll work to find a solution to the problem of disposing waste on hog farms – a solution that will protect our waterways and our farmers, not giant foreign companies.

Libbie Griffin 4 NC Senate

P.O. Box 807

New Bern, NC 28563

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