The people of Florida are tired of being ignored by their politicians. “Business as usual” is not enough anymore. We need change. We need higher wages. We need more jobs. We need stronger protections and better benefits. I’m Richard Thripp, and I believe the working people of Florida deserve more from their federal government.
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An educational technology instructor at the University of Central Florida. Born in Daytona Beach, Richard Thripp is a life-long Volusia resident who lives with his wife Kristy and son Ricky in Orange City.
Increasing Title I
Title I of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 funds public schools in disadvantaged and working class areas. This funding has not kept up with inflation and does not account for what students and teachers need. In Volusia County alone, well over half of our schools receive Title I funding. As a teacher educator, I know that education is vital to our children’s success and our community’s prosperity. In Congress, I will fight for increased Title I appropriations as every child deserves a great education.
Our federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 per hour since 2009, and Florida’s minimum wage is only $8.56 per hour. This does not keep pace with inflation, let alone cost of living. I will vote for the Raise the Wage Act. It increases the federal minimum wage to $10.60 in 2021 and incrementally increases to $15.00 by 2025. Our economy is not working for everyone. Raising a minimum wage will have a ripple effect, benefiting workers, small businesses, and our local economy’s consumer spending and tourism.
I need you.
I cannot do this without you. Politics is a group activity and it takes a community to rise up and demand the change they need. I promise to fight for the people of Central Florida. Will you?
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