I firmly believe that the role of government is to be a force of good, protect people from harm and ensure that every citizen has a fair opportunity to provide a happy and healthy life for their family.
My beliefs are not political talking points – they are human values. I am committed to protecting the well-being of all my constituents.
- Will Morin
Protecting the Environment
I have been an outdoorsman all my life, and protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy is a priority for me. Climate change is a threat to our economy, national security, and our entire way of life. We need to begin transitioning now to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 across all sectors of the economy to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Low-income families and communities of color are hit hardest by the effects of climate change. We must prioritize environmental justice and ensure a just transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy by providing communities the ability to play a role in a shaping a more equitable and just future.
South Carolina’s Upstate is in an affordable housing crisis, Greenville County alone lacks 2,500 units. A new perspective is essential in winning the battle against increasing housing costs. Increased vocational training will also provide a strong workforce for building new affordable homes. (Read More)
Despite the progress we have made, it is still legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. There are still many forms of discrimination against the LGBTQ community from education to employment to housing and even wage discrimination. I will recruit employers to Greenville County who believe in equality protections like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Equality Act. We must defend the progress we have achieved and work to end discrimination in all forms against the LGBTQ communities throughout our community.
Jobs & the Economy
I am committed to developing well-paying, middle class jobs for South Carolina by expanding opportunities related to vocational education and apprenticeship programs to train the next generation of electricians, carpenters, and plumbers so they too can have a well-paying middle class income and lifestyle.
It must be a priority of County Council to recruit companies and provide Tax Incentives to companies that "balances purpose and profit". Placing a preferred status for companies that a "Certified B Corps", which are legally required to balance the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. Not only is this good business, but this is good for the residents of Greenville County!
As elected leaders, County Council must use every opportunity to be a 'force for good'. We should also recruit employers to do the same.
Learn more about "B Corps" here.
Sustainable Community Development
Throughout the world, people want the same things: access to clean air and water; economic opportunities; a safe and healthy place to raise their kids; shelter; lifelong learning; a sense of community; and the ability to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. I will fight to assure every person will have the same opportunity to live in a smart, sustainable community, that addresses environmental justice and social justice, good public transportation, affordable homes, and well paying jobs.
The people who show up to your door in a medical emergency - the EMTs and Paramedics - are the tireless frontline healthcare professionals of our community. They sometimes work 12 hour shifts without a break and if they are lucky, they will take home an income that is barely 200% above the federal poverty level and barely covers their bills.
EMTs and Paramedics must earn a salary that is commensurate with their role in society. A basic EMT must earn no less than $40,000/year and a Paramedic needs to earn a minimum salary of $60,000 /year.
Additionally, the current salary structure for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and Operators is inadequate for the role and I am committed to increasing their minimum salary as well.
Public Safety Reforms
It is time to begin discussions to form a Metropolitan Police Department for the entire county with one Chief that is appointed, not elected, to oversee all law enforcement duties and one individual with whom the buck stops. This means that every municipal police agency will be combined into one single entity, responsible to one Chief of Police with oversight by an appointed Civilian Review Board of Trustees.
The "Greenville Metropolitan Police Department Civilian Board of Trustees" (GP-CBoT) shall contain 10 or 12 members that is equivalent to the diverse population of the county and city- based upon the percentage make up of the ethnic and gender diversity of all residents. The Board of Trustee will include an equal number of appointees from the Greenville County Council and Greenville City Council. The GP-CBoT will have sole discretion to hire, fire, and enforce actions necessary to reform the police culture in Greenville County.