As your State Representative, I will:
· Solve problems utilizing my strong analytical skills as an engineer and Project Manager
· Champion public education as a lifelong advocate, parent, and volunteer in the public schools
· Preserve green space and encourage sustainable development, expanding upon my experience as a Troy Planning Commissioner
· Protect our Great Lakes and other natural resources, informed by my lifelong commitment to safeguarding our environment
· Improve our state’s infrastructure to keep families safe on our roads
· Protect healthcare for families and seniors, and ensure coverage for those with pre-existing conditions
· Repeal the Michigan pension tax so that seniors on a fixed income can live in retirement with dignity and security
· Unite people of different backgrounds and tackle the divisiveness in our political arena to help find common ground
INVESTING IN EDUCATION
We have great public schools in Troy and Clawson and I’d like to keep it that way. Lansing has undermined our public schools across the state, especially by funding for-profit charter schools at the expense of public education. Charter schools should be held accountable to the same standards that public schools are, especially if they receive public money.
Children are more than test scores: let’s focus our efforts on educating students for 21st century jobs, and prepare them for college or skilled-trade careers. I believe in a research-based education policy and support reducing class sizes, investing in early childhood education, and creating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, and Mathematics) programs in every high school. We must value the challenging work our teachers face each day, and provide them with the tools and resources they need to reach every child's potential for learning.
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT & WATER
We live in a beautiful state and our Great Lakes should be preserved for future generations. However, Lansing has not protected our natural resources. We cannot allow Nestle to take our water for mere pennies to bottle for their own profit and corporate polluters should not be allowed to write the Department of Environmental Quality rules they are supposed to follow to keep us safe. We must work harder than ever to protect our environment, especially when the Federal Government slashes funding to the Environmental Protection Agency.
I believe science-based policies are critical to sustaining our planet. As a Troy Planning Commissioner, I’ve championed efforts to protect green space for our families, while also promoting growth and development. I’m ready to take my knowledge and passion to a state level and watch over our precious natural resources, supporting the health of our families over profits.
An effective environmental policy must be built through consensus. We need to listen to and understand each other to promote policies that balance science, economics, and social issues. This will lead to effective political partnerships and policies that encompass everyone’s interests.
ENSURING AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
Affordable healthcare provides security for families and seniors and ensures that they are healthy enough to live, work, and learn. When I was laid off temporarily during the Recession, I was lucky to be able to be added to my husband's health insurance. But not all families are so fortunate, and healthcare costs keep rising.
The current US healthcare system has evolved into an extraordinarily complex and expensive entity, and there isn’t an easy, one-size-fits all fix. As your State Representative I'll work hard to find viable solutions that will make our system better and more cost-effective to ensure that every resident gets the health care they need when they need it. No one should have to choose between food and medicine.
FIXING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE
When we talk about "infrastructure" in Michigan, we're often referring to the terrible condition of our roads. Thanks to years of poor decision-making in Lansing, our roads are an embarrassment and a safety hazard. They force residents to spend millions on costly auto repairs every year. They need to be fixed, now. I prefer a long-term solution over a short-term fix: reducing weight limits on heavy trucks, holding contractors accountable for the road work they do, and increasing our overweight truck fees. From our roads to our water supply, we need to enact policies that help everyday families. As a Troy Planning Commissioner, I have gone the extra mile to promote infrastructure that attracts residents and businesses, and ask the tough questions about sustainable development and traffic. Making this district a place that people want to live and work is crucial to growing our tax base and creating a sustainable economy.
TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT
Michigan is at the bottom in the country for ethics, transparency and accountability in government. I support increased transparency to understand who is funding legislation, including enacting limits on lobbyist expenditures. I will work to improve our state’s FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) laws, improve conflict of interest and disclosure rules. I will also work to ensure greater privacy for our personal information. I will represent you, not special interests.