Women suffer income inequality in Iowa, as they do elsewhere in the country. Women make up the majority of the low-wage workforce. I would support a phase in approach to raising the minimum wage which, at $7.25, has remained the same in the state for over a decade. I also favor improving the availability and costs of childcare across the state because lack of childcare is a major impediment to women advancing their careers.
Women’s healthcare to include reproductive healthcare has been diminished over the past several years in Iowa. A woman has the right to make her own healthcare choices for her and her family’s circumstances. I support access to affordable women’s health care and family planning programs.
Healthcare is a right that should be accessible to all. The Affordable Care Act was a huge step forward in providing millions with health insurance who previously did not have it. It remains a fact that some people still cannot afford the premiums. As legislators, we should do all we can to support a system to provide healthcare for all Iowans.
The state of Iowa did expand Medicaid under the ACA, which helped many Iowans access care. We recognize the shortfalls of the ACA that must be addressed as well as fixing our state’s Medicaid system. Many Iowans are falling through the cracks and we must either fix the current Medicaid system or return to the state-administered system.
I would emphasize both those things. Promoting policy that expands current business growth in addition to creating good paying jobs is vital. Also, if there were less income inequality and people brought home bigger paychecks, they would be better able to support their families and support the businesses in their communities. There would be less need for state and local assistance that alleviates problems caused by poverty, such as food aid and rental assistance; there would be fewer social problems in families who now struggle with the basics of life. Tax policies, especially tax incentives awarded to corporations, need to be examined much more closely and more regularly than they are currently. I believe millions of state dollars are goi
As a current gun owner and concealed carry permit holder, I support the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and the protections it awards all gun owners. As a retired police officer, I recognize the importance of responsible gun ownership to include proper training and storage of weapons. We must ensure quality training is being provided to improve community safety. We can also do better with our systems for getting guns out of the hands of those in crisis. I believe we need to invest in resources to assist those suffering before it becomes a crisis. Partnering with law enforcement to develop these systems and training is paramount. They are on the frontline and see it first-hand.
Iowa took a major step forward towards racial justice this past spring when a package of law enforcement reforms was signed into law. These included a ban on most choke holds, a ban on hiring officers who have been fired for misconduct or excessive force, de-escalation training and for the attorney general to investigate cases when an officer’s actions resulted in a death. I believe income inequality is a major factor in social and racial injustice. I would support legislation addressing social and economic inequalities in our state.