Helping Lower Income Communities

1. Sales taxes and any other taxes associated with the purchase of food and clothing may be included as a deduction on personal income taxes.

2. When applying for scholarships, grants, or any other form of state or local aid, an individuals savings accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, and the value of personal property shall not be considered or requested from an individual. The decision shall solely be based on annual earned income.

3. Freeze the increase of property taxes for homeowners with an annual household income less than the notional poverty line so long as the property remains in the family's name.

4. Individuals/families on welfare, housing assistance, or any other assistance programs based on annual income will not immediately lose eligibility due to an increase in income that causes annual earnings to surpass eligibility requirements. A grace period or transition period will be allowed to fuel upward mobility.

5. Significantly increase the funding for k-12 schools in lower income communities designated for mentorship programs, after school activities, and confidential counselors and/or psychiatrists.

6. Reevaluate and revamp the curriculum for high school seniors to include classes related to budgeting, investing, real estate, entrepreneurship, trade skills, and credit. Provide a transitional program for seniors similar to the transition programs given to service members at the end of their service.

7. Increase the number of available youth programs.

8. Allow school choice without the requirement for a voucher. (priority goes to students within nearest school district).

 

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