I am very proud to call Wisconsin home. This state takes great pride in the fact that we have some of the hardest working people in America. I want to continue strengthening our economy, while raising wages. I will fight to keep Wisconsin working and moving forward; toward a brighter future for our youth. Below you will find out where I stand on the pressing issues that we face today.
The issue of rising health care costs has impacted everyone. Yet nothing has been done to stop the rising costs or introduce new competition to the field to help drive costs down.
One way to help drive costs down is to go to the medical providers and negotiate for lower prescription drug prices and waive the out of network fee in case of emergencies. During an emergency you should not have to worry about whether you are in network or not.
A way to add competition is to introduce a bill that will allow us to see the costs beforehand. A supporter told me about her eye surgery that was done in two separate hospitals 20 miles apart. One hospital charged $1000 more even though it was the same surgery with the same doctor. Allowing patients to shop around for costs allows for more educated decisions when choosing hospitals to have procedures done at. This is just one step but it would be a step in the right direction.
Education is a complicated issue. There are so many variables that impact teaching: like our teaching staff, administrators, school resources, and individual student home life. We can’t continue to make the error of throwing money into education without understanding where resources are actually needed. We need our state representatives to get involved with administrators and parents to make education work for all.
The goal is to compensate our teachers appropriately, increase accountability, and get parents involved in order to give our children the best possible learning environment.
Milwaukee Public Schools
MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) have been below average in Math and reading for the past ten years. It is time to stop throwing money at MPS and expect the scores to go up. Rather I want our legislator to go and talk to teachers and administrators to work together to come up with a solution to bring test scores up.
If we cannot come up with a solution maybe the best solution for MPS is to break it up into smaller districts. We can then better manage those schools, and we can target fund the schools that need funding rather than having the funding being spread across over 160 different schools. This will also help get rid of administrative overhead.
Most importantly this would help eliminate the partisanship that is plaguing the school board, that pumps tens of thousands of dollars to be elected. Instead we will get people of those communities that care about the community on the school board and make decisions for their kid’s future.
The tuition freeze on our universities is much needed as parents and students struggle to find ways to pay for college. However, the freeze is not a long term solution. Sooner or later the freeze will be lifted and we will need a plan on how to fund our universities while keeping tuition affordable for all.
We desire jobs that will support Wisconsin families and that won’t require school debt to achieve them. This is why I believe the next step for Wisconsin is to enter the clean energy manufacturing industry.
To bolster job growth in Wisconsin, I want to focus on manufacturing solar panels, windmills, and other clean energy technologies. These technologies will provide opportunities to bring manufacturing jobs and higher wages to Wisconsin families. There is currently similar manufacturing in Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, and California. There is no reason why it can’t also be in Wisconsin. We have the training and education to bring these jobs here.
For the past 2 years, gun control has been all talk. As citizens, we are bombarded by the news, social media, and political party debates about gun control. In the end this only leads to more division and less action. I believe we need to stop the unproductive talk and start taking action. As a candidate who owns firearms, gun rights and the Second Amendment are very important to me. But I do think there are measures to increase safety without limiting our rights.
We can address this issue by introducing the Universal Background Check to our state. This would allow us to communicate with every state, federal, and military database. This process would only take an extra minute during the purchase of your firearm to ensure only good guys get the guns.
In Wisconsin we have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Our state death rate is 16.9 per 1000 people which is higher than the national average.
It is about time we decriminalize opioids such as heroin and pain pills. I believe there is no point in locking up addicts when studies show 77% of them will re-offend in 5 years or less. Overtime imprisoning addicts costs us more money instead of sending them to clinics or halfway houses where they can get the structure and support to overcome such an addictive substance.
Dark Store Theory
Property taxes for homeowners and small businesses have been increasing in our great state. Part of the blame for this is based upon a tax strategy used by large retailers named the "Dark Store Theory". These large chains have argued that the market value of their busy, profitable stores should be based on the sales of "comparable" properties... except these “comparable” properties are vacant and abandoned. Therefore those stores pay less property tax and the tax burden shifts to homeowners and the middle class.
To solve this I will fight to pass legislation that will close this loophole once and for all.
Internet and Net Neutrality
Nowadays, the internet has become the people's most powerful resource, and it is an absolute necessity to the average citizen. In Wisconsin, only a handful of different internet providers offer service. In addition, the service provided by them is insufficient compared to the cost paid by the people.
As your State Assemblyman, I will push to allow more internet service providers into the market for more competition that will benefit us consumers.
To make our internet situation worse, the FCC has repealed Net Neutrality; rules that required internet providers to treat all internet traffic equally. Repealing these rules was an irresponsible tragedy that overall will only benefit the internet providers.
To make sure Wisconsinites are protected from the handful of internet providers, I will push for Net Neutrality laws at the state level.