Access to health care
Rural health care
Rural citizens in Missouri are less healthy than their urban counterparts. They are more likely to use emergency services, are more likely to be obese and more likely to be affected by physical and mental disorders. Health disparities between urban and rural residents is due to a lack of primary and specialty health care services and providers in rural areas. We must work to improve access to health care for rural residents.
Sexual and reproductive education
Every person deserves to be educated about their body and able to make informed decisions with their doctor about their bodies. Studies have given us an overwhelming amount of evidence showing that education reduces sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Education also increases the number of healthier dads, moms and babies. We must invest in our communities by providing sexual and reproductive education resources.
Over 100,000 children have lost their insurance coverage and are unable to receive the care they need. That alone should be enough to spur our lawmakers into action, but they are choosing to play partisan games with our children. Health care is not a political issue, it is a human rights issue. Every child in Missouri deserves to receive health care. We must expand Medicaid and ensure everyone who is entitled to its benefits have access to the program.
In 2018, the citizens of Missouri spoke clearly: right-to-work is wrong for Missouri. Some elected officials in Jefferson City are ignoring the people’s decision and attempting to put right-to-work back on the ballot in 2020. Right-to-work laws are an attempt to dismantle unions, which work tirelessly to defend workers, and benefit private companies. It’s time that we have officials in Jefferson City that care more about representing their constituents than big corporations.
Part-time workers make up nearly one-third of the workforce in District 64. Although there are various reasons someone may work part-time, the most common is to raise children and care for family members. All Missouri workers, both full-time and part-time, should be entitled to health insurance, paid family leave for men and women, and breaks throughout the work day.
In 2023, the minimum wage in Missouri will be $12 per hour. The living wage in Missouri $16 per hour and closer to $17 per hour in District 64. $12 an hour is not enough to buy or rent a home in this district. Many people are forced to take long commutes to work outside of the district in order to continue to live here. Missourians work hard and deserve to be fairly compensated and be employed close to home.
Access to broadband internet
In 2020, access to the internet is essential. Schools are trading in paper books for Chrome books, business owners are selling products and advertising services online and doctors are now seeing patients online. Access to broadband internet will positively affect the community by attracting new business and entrepreneurs, thus stimulating economic growth. Every home in District 64 deserves to access modern technology available to boost our standard of living.
Equitable early childhood education
All students deserve to have a quality education to prepare them for each step in life and to eventually become productive members of their communities.
Workforce and industry development
Workforce and industry development go hand-in-hand. We need to ensure our youth is educated with either four-year degrees or technical skills and create job opportunities so they can stay in the district instead of moving to metropolitan areas. A better understanding of current workforce needs is also essential in ensuring the right training is available to workers, such as transportation, housing and child care needs.