Priorities

Education

A strong economy and a robust democracy depend on well educated and socially engaged citizens, so we must maintain and expand fully funded, high-quality, PreK-12 public school education.

Funding and supporting public education is critical to the success of our nation!

Every child deserves to have an equal opportunity to receive a fully funded, high-quality PreK-12 public school education. As our world continues to change, I will work hard to provide our schools with up-to-date technology and vocational training to prepare the next generation for a successful future. Moreover, it is now more necessary than ever to recruit and retain highly qualified, licensed teachers to guide our youth and ensure Minnesota stays a leader in education.  I will fight to ensure our teachers receive the best training, wages, and support possible, including protecting the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

I support measures to ensure every student has access to a fully funded, equitable public education that is not threatened by market-based reforms such as vouchers or turnarounds by entities that divert public funds to private enterprise. I will fight for increased funding to end inequities in the current segregated and unequal system that favors those with race or class privilege. I believe that resources should be distributed according to need, and particularly to those historically under-resourced by the impact of structural, racial and economic discrimination and disinvestment. Public schools should be responsive to the community, not the marketplace.

Healthcare

I support universal healthcare as exemplified in House Bill Number 676.

Health care is a right: No American should be left to suffer without the health care they need. The United States is alone among developed countries in not guaranteeing universal health coverage.

H.R. 676 Summary:

United States House of Representatives Bill Number 676 is the proposed U.S. legislation to establish improved Medicare for All, universal health care, in the United States. It will establish lifelong health care: “cradle to grave”, “womb to tomb”. The coverage will be complete; some people like to call that “comprehensive.”

Every other free-market country in the world automatically provides health care for its people with a largely or exclusively non-profit method of financing the health care. Even the two free-market countries that are considered to be “low income”, Mexico and Turkey, have been implementing universal health care.

The best non-profit method has 1 fund and 1 plan and 1 payer (“single-payer”) because it is the simplest and most efficient. The specific funding details need to be established, such as the method(s) proposed in H.R. 676.

What matters is not so much how we pay for it, since the costs will be dramatically lower, but what we will pay for:
— We will no longer be paying for a system that wastes $400 billion in excessive administrative costs.
— Much more of our health care dollars will be spent on health care.
— More of the doctors and nurses time will be spent on caring for people.
— The result will be more time spent on prevention and wellness and the U.S. dramatically raising its life expectancy, which is 31st according to the World Health Organization and 42nd according to the CIA Factbook, which monitors all the countries of the world.

Workers Rights
are Human Rights

The rights of Americans to form unions and collectively bargain must not be infringed, I oppose any “right to work” laws or amendments.

Now that Republicans control the House, Senate, and Presidency, national Right to Work has a real chance of becoming law. Make no mistake – despite the catchy title, Right to Work is an attack on all American workers. It is designed to bust unions, drive down wages and benefits everywhere, and strip away safety protections on the job.

Twenty-seven states across the country have already passed Right to Work laws. The federal law proposal would make all 50 states Right to Work. Corporate lobby groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch Brothers have been backing Right to Work in an effort to get rid of unions and maximize their corporate profits.

In Right to Work states, the consequences for all workers, not just union members, are very real. The average working family in a Right to Work state earns over $500 less per month. Likewise, death and injury rates on the job are over 50% higher in Right to Work states. Why do we see these numbers? Because when you get rid of unions, wages plummet, and safety protections are stripped away. The bottom line is: Right to Work hurts all workers in our country! I will fight tooth and nail against any Right to Work “for Less” legislation, policy and proposals.

Social Security

Honoring and protecting our retired and disabled citizens by maintaining our commitment to them is critical to me, so I support a robust Social Security system and will fight any privatization schemes.

Social security is a federal retirement benefit. To solve its long-term viability, it may be as simple as eliminating the “cap,” currently at $128,400 taxable income.

Move to Amend

The rights of citizens are infringed when corporations are considered to be equal to people. I support the Move to Amend coalition that calls for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only.

Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Gun Safety

  

Ensuring the safety and security of our citizens, especially our children, is the most vital function of government, I support common-sense gun safety reforms.

I am a member of “Mayors against illegal guns.”

Everytown for Gun Safety is an American nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence. Everytown was founded in 2014, combining ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ and ‘Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’.

When I am elected to Congress, I will introduce legislation to repeal the Dickey Amendment, passed in 1996 that banned fact-based research on gun violence.

Before he died last year, Congressman Jay Dickey himself, regretted his role in stopping the science-based study of gun violence.

It’s the reason why every mass killing in our schools, places of worship, and concert venues, etc… only produces another round of ideas based more on gut instinct than hard evidence.

We need common sense gun safety reform.
Together, we can get it right.