Investing in our children’s future

Our first duty as a State is to invest in our children. We need to make sure all our children have the opportunity to receive a world-class public education and make sure they come home from school safe every day, and free from gun violence.

Our obligation to our kids is to make sure our schools have quality teachers, exposure to music, foreign language, and the visual and performing arts, and opportunities to obtain vocational and technical education. We need to prepare our children for their future through establishing tuition-free community college and providing student loan relief.

We have an obligation to our children to protect our environment, especially our beautiful Salish Sea. We must develop programs that protect critical natural areas and our water supply. We must promote the development and use of renewable sources of energy. We must work with cities and counties to encourage strong composting and recycling programs.

 

Tax Fairness

The latest property tax increase from the State hits working-families the hardest. Our neighbors who can afford increased taxes the least pay one of the highest sales taxes in the country. Residents in the 32nd deserve a fairer tax system. 

I will work to fix our regressive and inequitable tax system to make it more fair. We need to first bring about more transparency and accountability to our tax code. Then we need to develop a reform package that reduces the State portion of sales and property taxes for a more progressive tax system, for both individuals and businesses.

On the Council, I voted against imposing regressive B&O taxes and increases to your car tabs and will be a strong voice in Olympia to fix our broken tax system.

 

Building stronger communities

As Mayor, I worked with the council to declare Shoreline a safe and welcoming community to all its residents. We invested in a race and equity coordinator to make sure that all residents feel included in the City. I wrote an op-ed to the Seattle Times in about the importance of city anti-discrimination laws and was an original signer to the Mayor’s Compact to Combat Hate.

We have more we must do to break down the systemic barriers to make sure that all Washingtonians can fulfill their American Dream. We must reform our criminal justice system, improve services provided to veterans and their families, and solve the opioid crisis that is devastating families across the 32nd District.

We have an imperative to invest in our existing infrastructure, to ensure that we continue to have access to clean water and functioning roads for all users. We need to make sure that we have frequent transit service across and through our district and develop strong partnerships with cities, counties, school districts and other special purpose districts.

We also have a responsibility to strengthen our working class families. We should increase access to affordable housing, healthcare, child care and we should invest in workforce education.

 

Protecting our Constitutional Rights

We are a nation built on the principles of fairness, justice and equality. We all have a responsibility to protect and advocate for our Constitutional rights. 

Women need to be responsible for their own health care decisions, workers need to be free to organize, religious practitioners need to be free to worship, and people need to be free from discrimination. 

This is the society I want to live in, a country that treats everyone with respect and dignity. A country that is welcoming to all. A country where we are free to seek our American Dream. 

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