South Carolina Forward!©
Our candidacy is about “Moving South Carolina forward” We believe when we move South Carolina forward, we move America forward. We believe everyone has a right to a good job, a business opportunity, and strong and safe family unit. We reject the policies of giveaways and handouts on both the individual and the corporate front, but we believe in reaching out with both hands to those reaching up.
Our candidacy will use a two-pronged or dual strategy to addressing the issues. We will create both a South Carolina focused and a nationally focused effort. This dual focus on both the 4th district and the country will allow us to amplify one another many times over. When we advance my district with one effort, it will benefit all Americans. That will be the true power of our dual strategy.
Mark’s Three SC
By focusing on people rather than businesses, workforce development attempts to enhance economic stability by addressing issues such as low-skilled workers or the need for more training in a particular industry.
Strategies usually focus on addressing the needs of people in a particular community or the needs of a skill for a particular industry in the neighborhood….
Business Development is the pursuit of strategic opportunities that provide long-term value for a business or organization.
This can be done through procedures and tasks to develop and implement growth by cultivating partnerships and identifying new markets. Famously known as “Black Wall Street”, an area of Tulsa was the hub of black owned businesses….
Strengthening families cannot happen without acknowledging the broken family unit that plagues urban communities.
Restoring families happens by ensuring a sense of safety, building on family strengths, minimizing policy threats and promoting healthier outcomes. “Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach:…
South Carolina District 4 Issues Mark Will Address Are
Mark’s Practical Solutions To Address The Issues South Carolina District 4
Implementation of “Providing Real Opportunities” (PRO) program
PRO is a 24-month pilot, focusing on individuals ages 18-24, by addressing their lack of foundational skills, work experience, marketable skills and environmental trauma. PRO’s immediate mission is to produce a well-trained, qualified employee or successful entrepreneur. PRO’s approach is to train each participant as an employee who is qualified to own his or her own business.
Implementation of “Pathways to Independence” (PTI) program
Pathway To Independence (PTI) is an initiative to provide entrepreneurial training, mentoring and financial support to youth, single mothers, hard to reach individuals from the streets and existing small business owners in Urban Communities. PTI requires the recipient to work hard and follow rules of the agreement in order to provide them with the greatest chance for success.
Implementation of “My Backyard” (MBY) program
My Backyard is a housing pilot with the primary aim of stabilizing neighborhoods. Local ownership and rental affordability for existing residents is the key driver. My Backyard will re-purpose devalued real-estate such as infield lots, blighted properties and open land within inner cities and rural communities.
A tier system will be used to place individuals in the homes for example single moms will have the first right to purchase and second would be individuals that have lived in the zip code for a minimum of five years.
Utilize the “Providing Real Opportunities” (PRO), “Pathways to Independence” (PTI) and the “My Backyard” (MBY) programs to lower the barriers for Americans with felony convictions.
Implementation of “Real Support” (RS) program
Real Support, a child support beautification pilot, is an apprenticeship program designed for those that owe or are owed unpaid child support to help strengthen families. According to CNN Money (via the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in 2012), over $100 Billion is owed to tax payers including 37.5 million parents.
The child support divide has kept children from a biological parent and has caused pure hate to exist in many families. Real Support will provide an opportunity to pay down back child support and help to heal families.
Mark Burns Position on the State of Israel
ISRAEL’S SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY
Since it’s founding in 1948, the State of Israel has always been the United States’ most dependable ally and friend in the Middle East. Israel is easily one of America’s strongest nation-state allies in the world. The continuance and the strengthening of this 70 year plus relationship – which all Americans and Israelis will celebrate – is vital to the national security interests of both the United States and Israel. It is also an international friendship that benefits all peace-loving nations around the world.
U.S. Congressional candidate Mark Burns is – and has always been – pro-Israel in terms of protecting the sovereignty of Israel, enhancing U.S.-Israel trade relations, and supporting and defending the Jewish state and its interests throughout the world against all foreign and domestic enemies opposed to both its existence and the welfare, security, and prosperity of its citizens…
The National Issues
We Are Addressing
- Economic Opportunities for Veterans
- Financial Security for our Seniors
- Barriers for Americans with Felony Convictions and Drug Addiction
- School Safety For Our Youth
- Border Security
- Pro-Israel and Israel Relations
- Entrepreneurial Opportunities
- American History Curriculum
- Strengthening Biblical Values
Pastor Burns’ dedication to helping all Americans stems from his experiences of being a struggling American, determined to achieve his goals through upward mobility. Burns knows what it is like to live through setbacks due to financial hardship. He knows the challenges of having to navigate with a suspended license, the pain of having a car repossessed and the struggle of having to ride a bicycle to a minimum wage paying job. His promise is to implement programs that will assist Americans in reaching their true potential.