03 Oct Chris Brooks
Democrat for Nevada State Senate District 3
Candidate contact information:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: (702) 682-1294
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.:
Income inequality and the climate crisis are the biggest issues facing our planet, our nation, and our state. The Nevada Legislature has the ability and the responsibility to address these issues. I have spent most of my career showing that you can create thousands of jobs that pay living wages and provide good benefits, and create economic opportunities for Nevada businesses, all while fighting the climate crisis. That is why I ran and this is why I serve. I successfully sponsored and authored several pieces of legislation in the last two sessions to accomplish these goals.
What policies would you pursue to diversify the state’s economy and create new jobs that pay a living wage?
Nevada is well positioned to be the decarbonization leader of our country and the world. The task of decarbonizing our global economy is massive and full of opportunities in every business sector. We should expand upon our requirements to lower our GHG emissions and increase our use of renewable energy. We should continue to strengthen the wage and benefit requirements in our renewable energy tax abatement program and extend it to other decarbonization activities.
Nevada should lead the way!
The 2019 Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Joint Resolution 10 (AJR 10) to amend the Nevada Constitution to remove the two-tiered minimum wage system and ensure a set minimum wage of $12. What are your views on passing AJR 10 in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to put it on the ballot in 2022?:
We need to remove the two-tiered system and increase Nevada's minimum wage beyond $12 as soon as possible.
In 2019, Nevada joined the US Climate Alliance and took aggressive steps to address climate change by increasing our Renewable Portfolio Standard and encourage a shift to clean energy sources such as solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind. What policies do you support to continue this effort, particularly in the transportation sector?
We need to continue to decarbonize our electricity sector. Our state should increase public transportation opportunities for all Nevadans, especially mass transit. We also need to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electrify as much as the transportation sector as quickly as possible. We need to change our outdated highway fund formula and remove the constitutional prohibition on non-roads projects from our highway fund.
How can the State work with localities to address the housing and homelessness crisis we are currently facing? Specifically, what measures or policies can we enact to make housing more affordable for all Nevadans?
I support the low income housing tax credits from last session and would like to see that expanded upon. Properly funding mental health care and addiction recovery programs would help with the homelessness crisis as well.
If elected, do you support bold enhancements to the existing paid sick days law?
This pandemic we are currently fighting demonstrates the need for comprehensive paid sick leave policies. I support expanding upon our successes from last session.
With the possibility of the Affordable Care Act being repealed by the Supreme Court, including the Medicaid expansion and protections on coverage for preexisting conditions, what should be done to address the way in which Nevadans get access to affordable health care?
Nevada needs to increase our revenue to cover the general fund costs of expanding Medicaid so more Nevadans can be covered and we can access more federal matching funds.
The United States has become the most dangerous place in the world for a woman to give birth, especially black women. For every 100,000 live births, 42 women die. What policies would you support to protect pregnant mothers?
Nevada should make sure health care coverage is available to everyone through expanded Medicaid and mandate prenatal services be covered under every health care plan. Nevada needs to increase support for all public and NGO health providers.
In 2019, Nevada state family planning grant funding was increased by way of legislation. What additional measures do you believe are still needed to ensure families have equitable access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care?
Nevada should make sure health care coverage is available to everyone through expanded Medicaid and mandate reproductive health services be covered under every health care plan. Nevada needs to increase support for all public and NGO health providers.
What do you believe is the best approach to ensure all of Nevada’s children have equal access to a quality public education? How do we address the significant education funding shortfall?
Increase revenues for the state so that we can adequately fund public education.
The majority of Nevada’s children are children of color, and many families have been affected by current immigration policies, incarceration, and criminal sentencing policies. How would you work to address these issues to provide opportunities to all Nevadans?
Nevada needs comprehensive bail reform and needs to expand upon the sentencing reforms we have started in the last two session. We also need to reform our licensure and certification processes for employment in our state so that we are not unnecessarily denying access to good jobs for Nevadans just because of their immigration status or because they have been involved in the criminal justice system.
What are your views on the use of Nevada’s financial resources to support the deportation efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency?
Nevada and its counties should not spend a penny on supporting the Federal Government's policies of deportation of law abiding Nevadans, regardless of their immigration status.
In 2019, Nevada significantly expanded voting rights and accessibility to voting locations. What additional measures, if any, are needed to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and integrity of elections?
I support expanded mail-in options for all eligible Nevadans in every election.
What are your positions on legislation to address gun violence prevention?
Our priority should be keeping all guns out of the hands of people who are dangerous while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.
What are your views on regulating marijuana within the state of Nevada?
Decriminalize it and make sure it is safe and available for all who use it. Remove all past convictions for non-violent marijuana offenses. There should be no Nevadan who is incarcerated or denied an opportunity for a non-violent marijuana offense, no matter when it occurred.
Nevada has one of the largest shares of public land of any state in the country, providing access for a variety of recreational and commercial uses. How would you address the issues related to public lands and their continued future uses?
Public lands belong to all of us. The state needs to work with the Federal Government to protect access to all Nevadans while encouraging uses that are in line with our values.
Nevada is experiencing a more than a decade long drought. What is your position on addressing climate change and protecting Nevada’s water supply?
All new development should be looked at through the lens of climate and water. Every policy we pursue should address these issues.