I support legislation addressing problems in pay equity and sexual harassment in the workforce. Providing paid family leave and paid sick time for workers could be done. I support training and holding people accountable through grievance procedures, including at the Iowa State Capitol. I support actively recruiting and promoting diversity in hiring and review pay in state government positions. I support legislation promoting equity in healthcare; guaranteeing access to comprehensive women’s reproductive health services, including restoring funding to Planned Parenthood for the high quality healthcare and education that they have historically provided to women. Finally, I support protecting and supporting victims of human trafficking.
It is critical that Iowa maintains Medicaid, S-CHIP, the HAWK-I program, and the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP) in conjunction with the federal government to provide healthcare coverage for adults and children with low income, older Iowans, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. These programs provide coverage for over 660,000 Iowans. The Affordable Care Act was a first step. Long term, we need to build a health-care system that takes care of all us where we don’t have to go bankrupt just because we get sick. Let’s put a single-payer option on the table. Let’s reverse privatized Medicaid! And let’s take care of our people when they need mental-healthcare services, which need to be fully funded.
I support strengthening rural and urban economies. Direct state agencies to review corporate tax breaks so companies seeking them demonstrate how they will invest in Iowans through wages, benefits and support of public infrastructure. The recent negative economic impacts of Coronavirus 19 also highlight the structural gap we have with inadequate broadband services infrastructure for work, our educational system, and telemedicine. Additional actions I believe can strengthen our rural and urban economies and ensure economic success for all Iowans: Increase Iowa’s minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour indexed to Consumer Price Index; Restore collective bargaining rights to government employees; Support equal pay for equal work.
Iowans need to feel and be safe from gun violence. We need to have common sense gun laws in Iowa, like comprehensive background checks, updating background checks, and have the tools in place to protect Iowans in crisis from harming themselves or others, as in cases of domestic violence or other cases of extreme risk. We can resist efforts to reduce training requirements for permits, keep personal information on permits to carry as public records, and bar efforts to prevent local governments from regulating firearms attachments and other weapons in public facilities. We can do this and still maintain the integrity of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Strengthening our education system, our rural/urban economies, & our health/mental health care systems are important steps towards access, opportunity, and justice. Fundamental is protecting Civil Rights for all, which will help us ensure a welcoming and inclusive Iowa. I support criminal justice reform (strengthening efforts to diversify juries and jury selection & greater funding for public defenders to increase the pool of attorneys available to those who cannot afford an attorney.), comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for DREAMERS, a ban on conversion therapy, and addressing problems in pay equity and sexual harassment in the workforce.