State House District 49B
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What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?
What should government do, if anything, to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?
In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else?
What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?
What is your position on current U.S. immigration policy and what, if any, changes do you propose?
I have only daughters and I want them to have the same opportunities that I, or any other man, would have. I will support professional organizations that promote the careers of women in traditionally male-dominated professions (e.g., Women in Transportation and Women Engineers). I will encourage the labor organizations that are supporting me to draw women into their apprenticeship programs. I will support policies which improve incomes in so-called “pink color” professions such as teaching and nursing. I will defend laws that prohibit discrimination against women in the workplace.
I will support education finance policies that shift the burden of education funding from local property taxpayers to more broadly-based state taxes so that K-12 school funding is equalized across the state as required by the state constitution. I will support funding of pre-K education, starting with targeted funding for disadvantaged students, with the goal of eventually extending this to universal pre-K education funding. I will support increased funding for both college and vocational/technical training at community colleges to hold down tuition increases and make postsecondary education of all kinds more broadly available to lower income students.
Our Chambers of Commerce now recognize that the key to our economic prosperity is the ability of our businesses to attract and retain a quality workforce. We cannot accomplish this goal unless we educate the next, much more diverse, cohorts of students as well as we educated our own children. This means that we must close our gaping “opportunity gap”. It also means that we must supply adequate workforce housing for the next generation of workers, and we must provide improved transportation options to connect the new workers with the new jobs.
The first steps that we should take to curb of violence should include: universal background checks, a ban on the sale of military style assault weapons and the “bump stocks” that turn them into machine guns, a ban on the sale of large capacity ammunition magazines and “red flag laws” which prohibit the sale of firearms to individuals who are known to present an imminent danger to others.
Our current federal immigration laws are an unenforceable mess and local law enforcement agencies should not be required to assist in their futile enforcement. If the 11 million “undocumented” workers in the US were to be expelled, the US economy would collapse. We need immigrant workers if our economy is to grow because our native-born population is not growing fast enough to supply the workers that our businesses need. Immigrant entrepreneurs create a disproportionate percentage of our new businesses and jobs. Immigrant workers fill a disproportionate percentage of our information technology jobs because of the failure of our higher education system to train people for these jobs.
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