Fighting for Florida

Yesterday, I visited AMSkills, a trade apprenticeship program in Clearwater, to hear from Floridians about their experiences in trade apprenticeship‎s. I stressed the necessity of reforming our higher education system and reiterated my efforts to promote higher education and alternatives to four year colleges. As I mentioned at AmSkills, I had over $100,000 in college loan debt that was only paid off four years ago. I know what it’s like to carry the weight of this financial burden, so I’ve proposed numerous ideas to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all.

I’ve supported expanding apprenticeship and mentoring programs like AMSkills and allowing students to get academic credit for what they learn outside of the classroom. I have helped craft bipartisan legislation called the Student Right To Know Before You Go Act, which requires colleges and universities to tell prospective students how much they can expect to earn with a given degree before they take out the loan to pay for it.  I’ve also supported income-based repayment, which would allow each graduate to repay their loan at a different pace based on their income.

These issues are personal to me, which is why it was so important to visit Pinellas County to hear about these issues. The proposals for these solutions do not start in Washington, but in our local communities. Thank you to AmSkills for hosting me yesterday and for contributing to the future of Florida.‎

‎To read more about my visit, see this Tampa Bay Times article.