It is very difficult for people in District 27 to get access to affordable healthcare. In West Volusia there are over 35,000 people with no healthcare or even access to it. These policies need to change. When people have access to healthcare without worrying about how they are going to pay for it, their lives are improved dramatically.
As a navigator, it was very painful for Dolores to tell a family that because they lived under the poverty level, they could not get the healthcare they needed. Dolores will work side by side with her colleagues in Tallahassee to ensure that the people in District 27 don’t have to live everyday using the emergency room as their primary care doctor because they have no other choice. Creating a network of doctors and clinics that work together with the West Volusia Hospital Authority will alleviate this problem. A healthy community is a productive community.
Our unemployment rate is at the lowest it's been in 50 years and Dolores can attribute that to the fact that many people, especially here in District 27, work multiple jobs to put a roof over their family’s heads and food on the table. Re-educating the working force and pressuring companies to pay a living wage will help. Being on the Atlantic Ocean, District 27 is well suited for growth in “green” businesses. Bringing in renewable energy businesses will create new jobs and slow the pattern of climate change.
Not every child that graduates from High School wants to, or has the ability to attend college. Student loan debt is a barrier that is ever-growing and too often stops a student from pursuing their dreams of getting a higher education. Dolores will work in Tallahassee to alleviate the pressure on students to pay an exuberant price for an education that becomes more and more essential everyday.
For students that have dreams outside of the classroom, Dolores will work to bring more vocational school opportunities to the Volusia County school system. If students learn a trade while in high school, they will have financial stability when they graduate. Being a product of vocational schools herself, Dolores has seen what they can offer to a community.
There is a great opportunity in the Sunshine State to utilize natural resources, such as Solar Power and Windmills. Homeowners need more incentives including tax breaks and subsidies, to increase the installation and use of Solar Panels. The use of windmills in the agriculture industry is essential too because it allows them to be more efficient and results in decreasing production costs. Many cities are ending their recycling programs because the cost of curbside pickup is becoming too expensive when the primary consumer — China — banned the import of some recyclables and tightened up its standards for how clean the recyclables must be. Companies that process recyclable materials for local governments have fewer places to send their products while the cost of preparing said products for manufacturing has increased. We must step-up our efforts in banning the use of single-use plastics (straws, etc.) and find incentives for companies and communities to continue recycling programs because that is what benefits citizens and the earth.
District 27 is facing an affordable housing crisis. In this area, a family must make an average of $21.00 per hour to pay rent of $1300/month. This is why there are multiple families living together in a single family dwelling. People work two and three jobs to afford to live without worrying about their families having a place to sleep at night. Seniors on social security in the 27th district do not have access to affordable housing. Dolores feels this is one of the most important issues and promises to go to Tallahassee and fight tirelessly to find a solution.