Our state desperately needs to get serious about where we hope to be in the long term future. What should Iowa look like for the next generation? Will we be place a premium on quality of life, with top-notch public schools and a workforce skilled to meet the challenges in the changing economy ahead? We will value our people with growing wages and things like paid family leave? Will we invest in our land and water to protect both the future of agriculture and our environment around us? Will we finally break down the barriers that cause injustice in our society, particularly when looking at the disparities our growing minority communities face in our economy and in our justice systems? We decide Iowa’s future with the policies we enact today
I not only support an equitable economy, I’ve taken action to make it happen. I introduced Iowa’s first meaningful and specific paid family leave bill, as well as bills to raise the minimum wage, restore lost workplace rights, and better serve workers injured on the job. I’ve also been critical of the transactional economic planning that simply uses tax giveaways to try to lure businesses to our state, working to restore investments in infrastructure that can actually help build opportunities in our rural and urban communities for the long term. instead of trying time be the cheapest option for exploitation, we should be marketing to our strength: a skilled, educated, productive workforce.
I was proud to see our state act quickly this past summer to enact some meaningful reforms in the wake of protests surrounding the senseless and horrifying killing of George Floyd. But while that was a significant step, I also clearly expressed a concern when that step was taken: it is meaningless is we don’t take the next steps. We must deal with the implicit bias we see in our criminal justice system, invest in specific programs that can eliminate education inequities in our public schools, support startups and local businesses being created by persons of color and immigrants in communities large and small, and actually ensure workers are protected at their worksite and everyone working in this state is able to earn a living wage.
We must build up Iowa’s medical system. Too many local hospitals and clinics are failing because they can’t keep ahead of expenses, a problem that was not created by privatized Medicaid but has been worsened to the point of disaster by it. We also need to be smart about ways to recruit and retain the practitioners we need, particularly mental health care providers, in this state. Until we have a strong foundation in accessible medical care and mental health treatment, we will be left with a declining quality of life in our state.
Additionally, affordability is an equally troubling issue. I serve on the hawki board for children’s health insurance. We have a good, working example to follow there on how to get Iowans affordable health care.
We have an excellent system to protect the integrity of our elections in our state. Criminal penalties for voter fraud are substantial, and we have seen them enforced when voters knowingly and intentionally commit offenses like attempting to vote multiple times. That said, we should also be careful not to put unnecessary obstacles to voting that would make it harder for Iowans to participate in our elections. We have seen Iowans vote by mail in record numbers this past year with incredible success. We cannot lose ficus if what our real goal should be with voting policies: finding the best ways we can to ensure Iowans are able to make their voices heard in our elections.
Moving forward in the age of coronavirus. I intend to collaborate with organizations, agencies and members of the community to determine viable solutions that maximize impacts and results for the most amount of people possible.
I would recommend changes in several areas including prison and jail depopulation, hemp and cannabis legalization and redirection of resources to vulnerable areas.
I will pursue making changes to Criminal , Civil and Family law. Work to abolish child protective services and work to increase penalties for sexual misfits. Seek to introduce legislation that addresses and seeks to remove systemic racism.
Collaborate with stakeholders to find pathways that are economical, flexible and provide quality access and care for those who need medical assistance.
Absentee and in person voting should be available. I support sending Absentee ballot request to register voters. I support more polling places and hours. I would propose legislation that makes election day a holiday to ensure maximum voter participation.