The Teton County Democratic Party adopted our 2016 platform on April 9, 2016 at the Convention.
2016 TETON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM
Teton County Democrats adopt the following platform to publically state who we are and what we stand for.
Sustainability and Environment
We support continued federal ownership & management of public lands in Teton County and around the nation. We support and commend the dedicated public servants who steward our public lands.
We support the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and that humans have significantly contributed to it, and call for bold action to slow and mitigate it. We support diversification of our Wyoming economy to transition from reliance on fossil fuel revenue.
We support efforts at all levels of government and the private sector to reduce greenhouse gas emission and other environmental impacts in the production, transmission and consumption of energy, including the environmentally responsible development of renewable energy resources.
We support the protection of Wyoming’s priceless air, water, land, and wildlife through legislation, policies, regulations, and enforcement that ensure development will not cause irreparable damages to such resources.
We support programs for effective solid waste management, including policies with a goal for zero waste, and maximizing efforts to reduce community waste streams and hazardous waste and to increase levels of recycling and diversion.
We support economic diversification through local business development related to agriculture and local food production guided by careful practice of food safety techniques, but not prohibited by excessive regulation developed for industrial scale food production.
We support fully funding the maintenance and management of our state-owned land.
We support a nationwide Single Payer health care system.
We support Governor Mead and all of the Democrats in the Wyoming Legislature in their efforts to extend Medicaid to 17,000 additional Wyoming residents, which will also save the State of Wyoming hundreds of millions of dollars.
We support accessible, quality health care as a universal human right.
We support efforts to sustain and care for our growing population of seniors so that they may continue to lead productive and meaningful lives.
We support the ongoing efforts by the State of Wyoming to improve mental health care.
We support allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
We support the adoption of a Death with Dignity law in the state of Wyoming, both to provide an option for terminally ill individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.
We recognize drug and alcohol addiction as diseases and support legislation in favor of treating nonviolent addicts instead of incarcerating them.
We believe in education based on facts, rather than political and/or religious bias.
We support a fully funded system of safe and free public education that emphasizes learning and critical thinking skills rather than testing, and one that insures children have a right to regular hourly and daily breaks from the rigor of classroom academics to take part in outdoor, creative, unstructured play.
We support schools that provide equal access to instruction for all students, and that provide programming that develops the abilities and interests of every student in all fields of endeavor.
We support an educational system that is based on excellence and accountability in teaching, and compensates teachers accordingly.
We support full funding for daycare, early childhood education, family literacy, special education, and expanded learning opportunities.
We support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education programming such as provided by the Teton County Education Foundation.
We support full funding for creative arts and humanities education and recognize the importance of the arts in childhood development, education and well-being.
We support comprehensive sexual education in schools that offers facts, support, and resources.
We support equal protection under law for all, regardless of gender, gender identity, age, race, ethnic origin, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or sexual identity.
We support and celebrate equal access to the legal institution of marriage.
We support equal pay for equal work.
We support every woman’s right to have unrestricted access to pregnancy prevention services and the full range of reproductive health care choices.
We support federal funding for Planned Parenthood to provide women a full range of affordable personal health care choices.
We support the right of Americans to own and bear arms as set forth in the Second Amendment, subject to reasonable regulation to protect public safety.
We support a fair election process that preserves the constitutional right of every American citizen to vote, as the basis for American Democracy. We oppose actions that undermine this fairness, including unlimited dark political money, voter restrictions and gerrymandering.
We support comprehensive immigration reform that includes the permanent adoption of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), provides a path to citizenship for undocumented people who have been living and working in the United States and have not been convicted of a felony, and provides clear and legal paths to immigration.
We support the establishment of a refugee resettlement program in the State of Wyoming.
We support transparent, efficient and effective governance at all levels that seeks common ground and consensus, and rejects obstructionism, extreme partisanship, propaganda and personal attacks.
We support full reporting of all political contributions prior to elections, and full disclosure of financial interest in governmental and legislative matters, and we oppose unlimited secret money from any source.
We support honoring our long-term obligations to our armed forces and veterans by providing them with the resources required for returning to civilian life, access to comprehensive medical and psychiatric care (especially as it relates to an honorable discharge and receipt of earned benefits), access to education,training and employment support, and access to housing.
We support the adherence to international law in all matters, especially pertaining to the use of our armed forces and national security services.
This platform reflects our belief in providing our citizens with the freedom to live productive lives in the manner of their choosing.
We support adoption of an additional penny of sales tax devoted to a community priorities fund committed to workforce housing and public transportation.
We support alternative transportation so residents and visitors to Teton County can safely, efficiently, and economically move within our community and throughout the region.
We support access to quality childcare for all, which includes appropriately trained and compensated care providers. Early childhood care providers are teachers and surrogate parents and should be compensated as such.
We support increasing the minimum wage, which provides the freedom to live a dignified life and to provide for oneself and one’s family, in return for hard work.
We support the renewal of the Teton County Lodging Tax, provided that state statute is amended to allow local governments to use the tax proceeds for community needs as they determine.
We support the work of local housing agencies and organizations who are providing affordable housing for the working families of Teton County.
We support the legalization and taxation of the possession, distribution, and cultivation of Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes.
We support releasing small food producers from having to comply with the excessively burdensome food safety protocols appropriate for only large factory producers.
We encourage community supported farms and the small food movement and believe that the USDA should play a less restrictive role in the regulation of food safety when it comes to the commerce between small farms and the local consumer.