Repeal Right to Work
On day one in the legislature, I will co-sponsor a bill to repeal Governor Snyder's anti-working family Right to Work law. The damaging effects of this law has been dealt to families across our great state. I will stand up for the working class and ensure we strive to repeal unjust laws that give our workers a disadvantage in our workforce.
Lower Auto Insurance Rates
We must lower auto insurance rates for motorists across Michigan. There is no excuse to why Michiganders pay the highest auto insurance rates in the country. Lansing must do better in order to lower rates for the people of this state. In order to lower rates, we must pass legislation that focuses rates on driving factors only. I will introduce legislation to make it illegal for insurance companies to use non-driving factors such as your zip code, gender, marital status, and credit score to determine our insurance rates in Michigan.
Infrastructure and Roads
Our infrastructure and roads are in disrepair. The majority in Lansing have failed Michiganders by not adequately investing in our infrastructure. Michigan roads should be safe for all residents and visitors. As your State Representative, I will make road funding a top priority for Michigan once again. We must work together in order to rebuild and invest in our infrastructure and roads.
As a local elected official, I have watched as the Michigan legislature attempted to strip away power from local governments. The Republican controlled legislature has used preemption legislation to keep local communities from running their own cities and townships. This is unacceptable and needs to end. Localities need to be trusted to run their own communities and pass ordinances the way they see fit. After all, local elected officials are in place to lead their communities without the interference of Republican legislators. As your State Representative, I will oppose any attempt to take control out of the hands of our local leaders.
Michigan’s school funding system is broken. Our state has continued to divest from our public schools and have even made it easier for for-profit charter schools to access dollars that should be going to our public school districts. As your State Representative, I will fight to restore and increase education funding for our schools. Our kids and our teachers deserve the best environment to learn and teach in. An investment in our kids is an investment in Michigan’s future; we must do better to support our schools.
Our seniors are the foundation of Michigan; we must invest more in our seniors and the programs that are best for them. As State Representative, I will co-sponsor legislation to repeal the pension tax in order to put hard-earned money back into the pockets of our seniors. I will fight to ensure seniors in Michigan can retire with financial security and dignity. Republicans are attacking our seniors and their hard earned benefits and it must be put to an end.
Michigan is participating in the federal health care exchange provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and since the program is constantly under attack, it is critical to have a strong representative in Lansing that will fight for access to health care coverage for all. Michigan must move toward a state level single payer health care system. This is also known as state level Medicare for all. In order to cover Michiganders to the fullest extent possible, this must become a reality. Everyone should have access to affordable health care in our state.
I support those who defend our nation and deeply appreciate their service and sacrifice. We must take care of our veterans, not leave them fending for themselves. Our veterans deserve quality health care and good paying jobs and I will work to make it easier for veterans to transition back to civilian life in Michigan.