Policies That Work for Mid-Missouri

Agriculture


Family farms are the heart and soul of Mid-Missouri, but because of corporate takeover and abuse of power, farmers are paying inflated prices on the supplies they buy and seeing lower profits on the products they sell.


In 2019, our legislators stripped local control of agriculture from our counties opening the floodgates to foreign corporations who seek to pollute our air, poison our drinking water, and send profits out of the US. This is a slap in the face to family farms that have been the backbone of our communities for decades. Our current legislators are selling out independent family farms and putting the health and well-being of our communities at stake. My vision to #SaveMOFarms includes:


  • Restoring competitive agricultural markets
  • Empowering family farmers by supporting agricultural cooperatives
  • Protecting local control of environmental standards for agriculture

Education


An investment in our children is an investment in the future of Missouri, but our public education system is quickly falling behind neighboring states. Regardless of whether your child attends Clarksburg or Columbia public school district, they deserve a quality education. As your representative, I will work to formulate state policies that benefit all of our children. My platform to #SaveMOKids includes:


  • Opposing budget cuts to public K-12 programs
  • Raising wages and retaining pensions for Missouri teachers
  • Opposing private school voucher programs
  • Expanding early childhood education
  • Investing in Missouri’s public colleges and universities
  • Enacting sensible firearm policies for K-12 and higher education institutions
  • Advocating for stronger Title IX provisions to support victims of assault and harassment

Jobs & the Economy


Wage growth in the United States has remained stagnant since the late 1970’s. This has directly resulted in the massive income gap experienced by the working class and a rapidly shrinking middle class.


As someone who grew up watching my mom help unionize the support staff at her elementary school and serve as president of that union for many years, I am proud to have voted against “Right to Work”. As someone who has worked for minimum wage in retail, food, and customer service, I am proud to have voted in favor of “Raise Up Missouri” to increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour. We must continue to invest in the workers of Mid-Missouri. My platform to #SaveMOJobs includes:


  • Fighting with workers against union-busting legislation
  • Ensuring all Missourian are paid a living wage
  • Supporting job training and re-training programs, particularly in green energy
  • Promoting policy to bolster entrepreneurship and self-employment
  • Establishing a civilian career pathway for veterans
  • Establishing fair-chance laws for individuals with previous arrests or convictions
  • Strengthening Missouri’s antitrust laws

Healthcare


The United States spends more per person on health care than any other major country in the world, yet the United States ranks 37th in health outcomes. Our system is keeping working people sick and wealthy insurance investors rich. Even with insurance coverage, high premiums, deductibles and copays, and surprise non-covered services inhibit people from accessing care and taking medications they need.


The first step for Missouri is to expand Medicaid to cover the almost 250,000 working people without access to coverage. Then, we need to tackle the high cost of medical care. When your child is sick, the last thing you should be worrying about is whether you can afford a doctor visit. My plan to #CareMO includes:


  • Expanding Medicaid in Missouri
  • Improving veterans healthcare and mental health services
  • Prioritizing maternal healthcare to combat mortality rates
  • Working with federal legislators to tackle the opioid epidemic
  • Advocating for reproductive justice
  • Supporting universal implementation of medical marijunana

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