Issues

Learn more about what issues we have come across the most while we're out canvassing the district. If you want to learn more about others issues or where I stand on a particular issue please feel free to reach out. 

REINVESTING BACK IN EDUCATION

Disregarding our public schools is not only a disservice to our teachers, staff and students, but also to our families and communities that rely on strong public education programs. These programs include but are not limited to full day Kindergarten, preschool, and free and reduced lunch.

  1. We need to restore funding to our public education system. This includes pay for teachers, staff and for more resources in the classroom.
  2. It is wrong to line the pockets of charter and private schools with taxpayer dollars. We need to end Vouchers and ESAs that do this.
  3. We must address the cycle of the school to prison pipeline. The use of "zero-tolerance" rules within schools criminalize minor offenses and don't get to the root of the issue.
  4. Give students alternative solutions to traditional education is vital. Increasing access to more CTE, JTED and technological courses will prepare all students for the future.
  5. Higher education is far too expensive and inaccessible for many people. Restoring funding back into our community colleges is vital to both those continuing their education after high school and those going back to school to earn their first degree. Universities and colleges also need to be more accessible and affordable for our undocumented & DACAmented students, in-state tuition is an opportunity for them to earn higher degrees, be successful and continue giving back to their communities in Arizona. 

 

RESTORING HEALTHY FAMILIES

Being healthy should not only be accessible to those that can afford it. Without an appropriate healthcare solution it puts an undue stress on our economy.

  1. Reform our Medicaid program is vital so that we can properly expand Medicaid to capture those families and individuals that are still falling through the cracks.
  2. Get rid of the private prisons in Arizona is important to making sure that our taxpayer dollars are not going to for-profit businesses. We must reform the criminal (in)justice system and stop treating people like a commodity. Let's break the cycle of million dollar blocks and stop vilifying the most vulnerable in our communities.
  3. With heat and drought as major factors in Arizona, we need to build long term resiliency plans to help combat the effects of drought and rising heat on our most vulnerable populations in Arizona.
  4. Encourage fossil fuel alternatives to increase the use of renewable energy powered vehicles and homes. Making these options more accessible and affordable to all Arizonans.
  5. Support the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations on our tap water.
  6. Eliminate food deserts that widely affect families living in both urban and rural areas of the valley. Food deserts make access to affordable and healthy food extremely difficult, especially to those who have to rely on public transportation in the Arizona heat.

 

INCREASING ECONOMIC EQUALITY

Families and individuals that work full time should not have to worry about providing for themselves and their families. We need to refocus on the working poor, middle class and marginalized communities.

  1. Ensure that people have a livable wage -- if you are working full time, or if you are unable to work, you deserve to put food on the table and more for your family.
  2. Make sure corporations pay their fair share of taxes and close corporate loopholes that allow large corporations to pay less than individuals pay on their income tax.
  3. Strengthen families and the workforce by having paid family leave, especially for those who have just had a child or adopted a child. Strong family bonds are extremely important and should be supported by our work systems.
  4. Give employees the opportunity for collective bargaining, employer-contractor misclassification/wage theft and the right to request predictable schedules.







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