PA's wages continue to stagnate, our taxes seem to always increase and unemployment remains a problem, but nothing is being done to address our economy. We need to raise the minimum wage, address severe budget shortfalls with PennDOT and DEP, and invest in renewable energy to create new jobs.
PA is ranked 44th in the nation for school funding. The state is not paying its fair share of the school budgets, thus putting more pressure on the school boards to raise local taxes. I will continue to fight for a sustainable, fair school funding formula to ensure equitable funding to improve schools for our children.
In the past few months, Republicans in state legislatures across the country have declared open season on reproductive rights, but we must not let that occur in PA. As your State Rep., I'll continue to fight like hell to protect the right to choose, and I won't let Republican-led assaults on that basic right pass.
It is long overdue to tackle the systemic racism that is entrenched in our country. Black lives and Black futures matter. Together, we can build a better tomorrow. As your representative, I will continue to fight to topple the oppressive systems of power in place. "We are now charged with the responsibility ... of doing the work that is necessary to protect the rule of law and to promote equality and justice for all" - Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
The easy access of guns in the hands of those who are not responsible is a problem that needs immediate attention. Our country has seen too many school shootings, too many neighborhoods riddled by gun violence, and too many deaths at the hands of individuals with access to assault rifles. We need to strengthen our background check laws, so that only law-abiding individuals have access to firearms.
Currently, not all votes count the same. Due to partisan Gerrymandering in 2011, the 2016 Congressional elections resulted in Republicans winning 72% of seats, while only getting 59% of the total vote. All votes must count, and the 2022 Redistricting Commission worked hard to produce new Districts in our Commonwealth. We still have work to do to ensure all of PA's voices are heard equally.
We need to expand Medicaid and Medicare in PA, as we work towards a Pennsylvania with 100% of citizens insured. By accomplishing this goal, we can prevent unnecessary disputes between insured and uninsured victims and eliminate the uninsured patient risk for hospitals across the Commonwealth. Mental health is equally important and needs to be treated as such. Healthcare is a right.
Nancy currently serves as vice-chair of the Welcome Project PA and has a long history of commitment to fighting for LGBTQ equality and protections. One of her first actions as Mayor of Hatboro was to sign protections at the municipal level into action. She looks forward to continuing to fight for these overdue protections in Harrisburg.
Too many people with disabilities do not receive the care that they need to thrive. In order to change this, we need to emphasize and support programs that emphasize independence, education, and support, not institutionalization. To do so, we must strengthen the home care workforce and ensure access to affordable long-term care, services, and supports.
Pennsylvania needs to make changes to infrastructure and institutions as we continue to face global warming. As our Representative, I will continue to work for legislation and oversight based upon facts and science, not politics. We need to ensure a safe environment for ourselves, our children, and our future.