I will continue to work for rate increases so female dominated professions in child care and providing direct care to the elderly and those with disabilities pay living wages. It has been difficult to get this prioritized. I work for affordable health care for all.
Women disproportionately are care givers and more likely to need assisted living or nursing homes. I am working on abuse prevention, better supports and consumer protections in senior care settings.
I support the ERA and will promote pay equity and reproductive freedom.
I will continue to prioritize education cradle to career in our budget. State increases of less than inflation force property tax increases and lead to greater inequity in opportunity. No matter where a child lives or their race or heritage they deserve a similar quality education.
Research shows that the most cost-effective way to close the achievement gap is quality experiences in the pre-school years, especially ages 0-3 when the brain is still developing. We need to make this more available. Special ed needs adequate support.
There is no one magic bullet to achieving a vibrant and diverse economy. We must promote equity and address income inequality, and increase the opportunities for workforce readiness and the success of small businesses.
Our tax policies offer incentives and disincentives that influence what path leads to greater individual, business or community success. We should seek a progressive tax system where the wealthiest contribute the most, good jobs with good benefits are encouraged, and that targets credits where most needed.
I support common sense laws to prevent gun violence including universal background checks, “red flag” authorization for temporary removal of weapons from persons whose mental instability threatens them or others, and promoting trigger lock use.
We need to do more to prevent violence in all of its forms. We need to adequately fund social workers and mental health workers in our schools and in society. Schools should better emphasize emotional intelligence, empathy, and positive relationship building skills.
I support immigration reform that extends DACA protections to the young people who have grown up in our community, reforms that create a path to permanent citizenship, and greater understanding and appreciation of the vibrant contributions and economic benefits provided by our immigrant neighbors. We must fight discrimination and profiling based on race, ethnicity and religion.. All should feel safe in our community