I will fight for universal healthcare, where nobody is left behind because they cannot afford the medical care they need to live a healthy life. Every person living in the state of Washington should have affordable access to quality, comprehensive healthcare. Our community will only thrive when all of our people can access quality healthcare.
I believe in a cradle-to-career approach to education with robust programs in kindergarten readiness and affordable childcare, a true fully funded K-12 program, free college tuition, as well as support for vocational training and apprenticeships to help our children enter the workforce knowing they have access to a good job. Investing in strong public education is one of the smartest choices our state can make.
The constant senseless deaths associated with gun violence and suicide are plaguing our families and communities. I support common sense solutions that protect our individual rights and our vulnerable populations. I favor a law enforcement centric approach to gun licensing and sales, such as the model used for gun purchasing in Massachusetts.
We must act now to preserve our future. I believe that a transition to a green economy is the best, most equitable way to ensure the preservation of our environment. Legislation that incentivizes clean energy while reducing the use of fossil fuels is the first step to promoting a clean economy.
The 39th LD is a huge district that borders many urban areas. As a result, we are all well aware of the massive issues with our roads and public transportation deficits. We must ensure state funding to fix the roads we drive every day. Our scenic highways are used by people from all over the state but the burden of heavy traffic on Hwy 2, Hwy 9, and Hwy 522 is felt by those of us that must rely on these roads to get to work, go to the grocery store, or visit the doctor. Our communities should not have to wait years for improvements that prevent highway deaths and make our communities livable. I will fight for the solutions that ensure funding and appropriate timelines for fixing these issues.
Our state has the most regressive tax system in the nation. As a result of patches to our hundred-year-old system, we have created an unacceptable menagerie of nickel and dime taxing systems. We utilize a use tax, a sales tax, a property tax, a gross receipts business tax, a gas tax, and road tolling, just to name a few. I believe that any movement forward on taxation must be done with a comprehensive approach where we replace highly regressive taxes, such as sales tax, with more progressive ones. We are tax exhausted, adding additional taxes that disproportionately hurt working families is not the solution. Our people deserve to know where their tax dollars are being spent, and I support full transparency when it comes to our taxes.
Washington State is a proud union state because we know we are stronger when workers can bargain and organize. We should make every effort we can to expand labor’s ability to make Washington an even more amazing place to work, live, and raise our families. The current Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME threatens the safety and prosperity of our workers and unions. I oppose right to work efforts and will fight hard for workers’ rights and protections.