Access to quality, affordable healthcare is fundamental to the security of our families and the growth of our economy. The passage of the Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction. Eliminating denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and the benefit of allowing adult children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance has provided peace of mind to families all across the state. Taking power away from insurance companies and putting it in the hands of patients and doctors has already expanded access and reduced costs. I believe this is only the beginning and there is more to be done. The improvements under the ACA do not protect hard working American families from being one illness away from bankruptcy. We need a simple and efficient system that further brings down costs and improves the well-being of all our citizens. I firmly believe that healthcare is a human right and as such strongly support expanding the Medicare program to cover all Americans.
For far too long Republicans have been content to block immigration reform in order to use it as a tool for political gain. We need to fix our system now by passing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act, which features several crucial elements that would make our nation stronger. I believe this provides a fair and common sense approach to ensure the security of our nation and lives up to our heritage as a beacon to immigrants coming to our shores seeking liberty and prosperity.
Since the late 1970s, both republicans and democrats have advocated for policies which ensured the funneling of gains in our economy to the top 1%. The tactics employed to tip the economic playing field, include inserting laws in our tax code which reward corporations that outsource our jobs, keep their profits overseas, undercut wages, not provide sufficient hours of work, and not invest in our great nation. This uneven playing field has directly led to an increase in the number of hard working citizens on food stamps and other government assistance programs just to get by. Unbalanced budgets created by insufficient revenues and overspending in our defense budget have further exasperated the problem. We need to realign our budget priorities to rebuild our nation, which in turn, will create more family sustaining jobs and help develop an environment where companies reinvest here at home. We need to close current loopholes in our tax code that favor and keep American profits overseas. I am committed to fighting to raise the minimum wage, push for policies that create more jobs, and enacting a fair and transparent tax code that benefits hard-working Americans.
Improving America’s business climate requires investing in the means to provide access to goods and capital. This has been true since the founding of our great country. These investments will create jobs in both the short term and the long term as we grow our economy to meet the needs of the United States in the 21st century.
Right here in Wisconsin, we have several crucial and immediate structural building needs. As revealed in a recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers:
- 1,157 bridges are considered structurally deficient.
- 779 bridges are considered functionally obsolete.
- 71% of Wisconsin’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Our public schools have over $4 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
Investment in infrastructure is the seed that grows a vibrant economy. We must begin focusing on the future to build a stronger Wisconsin.