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State House District 71

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    Sue Cahill

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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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Inequities exist for women. These range from unequal pay to the government regulating the reproductive rights of women. I will be a champion for women in the statehouse. I will work to strengthen Iowa’s equal pay laws, making it a discriminatory practice for an employer to prevent employees from discussing wages/benefits or retaliate against an employee for discussing their salary. This would provide people the information they need to ensure they are receiving equal pay for equal work. Women's health rights are not different from men’s health rights. As men do not want the government involved in the doctor's office as to whether they wear a mask, women do not want regulations on their reproductive choices.
I have two boys who are Type 1 diabetics. Why should their ability to access their life-giving insulin be related to the benefits that their employer provides? My kids have stretched their insulin by reducing their carbohydrate intake and paid for insulin during their probationary time at work to the tune of $300 per vial. I have helped them pay for several rounds of insulin so they could live! My boys, who are young adults, are pre-existing conditions. They deserve the protection from their illness which is of no fault of their own. I will champion to help protect those with pre-existing conditions and pursue legislation that prevents companies from denying coverage or charging higher rates for those with pre-existing conditions.
I believe we need to increase our minimum wage to $15 per hour. By increasing the wages for our workers, including the large majority who are over 20 years of age, and the 58% who are women, we will address some income inequality. We need to balance the state budget, have a safe and simple tax plan for all Iowans and provide relief for the middle class. We need to provide settings for businesses to relocate to Iowa by having efficient broadband, tax plans that benefit individuals and small businesses rather than corporations, and continued success in providing a taxation of personal income that is not out of line with other states.
I believe in common sense gun ownership. We need to look at a pattern of acts or threats of violence by those seeking gun permits. We must investigate the mental health of a person requesting a firearm. We need to know if the respondent has any violation of a no-contact order or violations of any protective orders issued by a civil court. We need to understand the risk of any respondent. Gun ownership is a privilege. It requires that information is shared with the state. I fully support firearms to be used for law enforcement, during hunting seasons and for sport. I am against the private ownership of semi-automatic /automatic weapons which are not needed in a hunting culture.
Our city council just created/funded a partnership between our police force and Youth and Shelter Services to provide mental health/counseling services for families. We hope this partnership will keep vulnerable families out of the law enforcement cycle and provide mental health and placement service instead of lock-up and enforcement. It allows for the appropriate professionals to work with families and find solutions that do not include jail time. I am very excited for this partnership and the positive results on the families of Marshalltown. This can be a model for our state. Having the appropriate mental health and protective services working for those in crisis, we can prevent many from being incarcerated and a statistic.
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