Invest In Rural America

The crisis in America’s small towns and rural communities is the result of deliberate policy choices by a political class that neglects rural America, rather than investing in it. The time is long overdue for the U.S. government to stand with rural America, and that is exactly what I will do.

For too long, Washington has ignored the many crises facing rural America, and the work we must do to unlock its potential. We have seen more and more young people leave the small towns they grew up in and love, not because they don’t want to stay, but because there are fewer and fewer jobs that pay a living wage. We have seen big agribusinesses consolidate, offering lower and lower prices to farmers until smaller farms are forced to close. As family farms disappear, so do the jobs and communities they support. We have seen schools, churches and community centers shut down, and once vibrant Main Streets become boarded up and deserted. As populations decline, essential services like hospitals and nursing homes shutter their doors, forcing rural Americans to drive for sometimes hours to receive adequate health care.

In addition to raising the minimum wage, making public college tuition-free, investing in infrastructure, and guaranteeing health care, we must do the following to protect and support our rural communities: