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Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Paulette Jordan

Paulette Jordan
AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we've been taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan.

Here are some of the key reasons why Jordan is one of the best candidatesĀ for working people in 2018:

  • She will look at every opportunity to raise the minimum wage gradually.

  • Jordan wants to expand and further develop the state's renewable energy resources, including wind, solar, water, geothermal and biomass.

  • She will invest in STEM education at the high school level.

  • Jordan plans to create public-private partnerships among universities, technology companies and the Idaho National Laboratory that will expand job opportunities in the information technology sector.

  • She will pursue a strategic national marketing campaign to boost the state's tourism industry and create jobs.

  • Jordan is proposing a plan for a statewide transportation system that will link rural areas to urban areas and increase tourism opportunities.

  • She will expand broadband access, particularly in rural areas and on tribal lands.

  • Jordan wants to implement an opt-in statewide universal preschool program to help prepare more students for participation in higher education and the workforce and create more education jobs.

  • She wants to improve teacher pay to make Idaho competitive with neighboring states.

  • As a legislator, she introduced a bill to forgive teachers' student loan debts if they worked in rural schools and she wants more programs like this to be instituted.

  • Jordan wants to expand advanced placement and dual-credit classes in high schools to help students be more prepared for higher education.

  • She favors expanding Medicaid.

  • She will pursue a public medical school to increase the number of doctors, nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists working in the state.

  • Jordan wants to expand Idaho's participation in the clean energy and sustainability sector.

To learn more about Jordan, visit herĀ website.