These are some of the issues that I'm most passionate about.
Do I have all the answers? No.
But that's why it's important to talk... and it's why I want to hear what you think.
In 1996, I had my first kidney transplant - the donor was my father. If my family wasn't so gracious - and didn't have insurance, I have no idea how we would afford the procedure, and there is a chance I wouldn't be alive today.
14 years later, my kidneys failed again. And this time, I was out of work and was on dialysis for nearly a year. Scared, miserable and with limited finances, I didn't know how I would afford the impending bills. The costs were astronomical, but I was lucky enough to qualify for medicare. I also had a brother who was selflessly willing to donate.
No one should ever have to wonder how they'll pay for lifesaving medical treatment.
I support medicare for all, the insulin bill, more investment in mental health and any legislation that makes health care more affordable and accessible for all Minnesotans.
everyone has the right to affordable, accessible healthcare
I'm from a line of 4 generations of teachers.
And my 5 year old daughter, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up at her Jr Kindergarten graduation, said SHE, too, wants to be a teacher.
I want her to have the resources she needs when she becomes a teacher - to help children become intellectually curious, nurture creativity, and develop critical thinking skills.
We shouldn't be teaching to tests - rather recognize all children learn differently. Let's invest in them.
funding our schools - catering to our students
Automation -AI, machines, computers - are taking jobs at a record pace.
More than 1/3 of American workers will lose their jobs to automation by the year 2030 (according to McKinsey).
If that seems unrealistic, just think of how many people now order on Amazon instead of going to the mall? Or how many people you see checking out of the supermarket through self check-out, when they normally would need an employee to help ring them up?
The universe of labor is rapidly changing for retailers and manufacturers alike.
I will propose legislation that will prepare Minnesota to be at the forefront of this issue - with solutions to provide training and investments in cutting edge businesses that will utilize human capital.
the biggest threat to jobs is automation - we need to be ready
Our district is uniquely positioned to take on bold initiatives to combat climate change, revive our aging infrastructure, and all along create jobs.
I will be outlining a deeper plan for how we can focus on creating jobs by moving our infrastructure into the age of carbon caps.
environment + infrastructure
we all truly do better when we
ALL are informed
If we truly want our government to work for ALL of us,
more of us need to be involved.
But getting involved and educated shouldn't be so tough.
We are in a remarkable age of information sharing.
We are also communicating by 240 character Tweets.
That means we need to adapt.
I will propose legislation that makes it easier for all of us to follow what's happening at the capitol, and develop common sense solutions for more accessible information for all. Knowledge is power.
Let's deliver on Paul's wise words:
"When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action."