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  • Terry Baxter

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    Glenn Kiss

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What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?

What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

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 kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?

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To address inequalities facing women in Iowa requires education starting from early age. We need to teach youth how to identify within themselves and others instances of sexism. We need to educate the broader public. There needs to be a state and nationwide campaign to draw attention to just how pervasive sexism is. Sexism will be difficult to erase because it is ingrained in modern society. Women’s equality is a priority for me. I was fortunate enough to have a mother who taught her sons about sexism and it was not tolerated.
Iowa’s healthcare system has a long road to recovery. First, privatizing Medicaid was a mistake. It’s a failure. A number of insurers have already withdrawn from the state’s program, leaving thousands without coverage. It has impacted the resources needed by the hospitals, doctors, and clinics to care for not only the disabled but for those not on Medicaid. Providers must be paid in a timely manner.

In the long term, Iowa needs to patch up the holes in coverage of rural hospitals and clinics. They lack staff, equipment, and resources, limiting the ability to properly care for patients. It is unclear what the state’s plan is.
In building a vibrant economy, Iowa must first raise the minimum wage. That would begin to address income inequality. When there’s talk of reforming tax policies to improve the economy, the problem is there’s no guarantee reform will benefit Iowa’s citizens.

The gun debate is a hot button topic. As debate over the constitutional interpretation continues, there’s no reason we can’t improve the vetting process for gun purchases, accompanied by a more thorough certification process.
In the pursuit of social and racial injustice in Iowa, I will support policies which take action now.