I am committed to doing more than just talking about the challenges facing our community and state; I believe we must work together to find real answers to our problems.
What I’ll continue to focus on next session:
Economic Security for Middle Class Families
While our economy is on the rise, too many are still left behind. We must ensure that work is rewarded with a fair wage, and workers are treated with dignity and respect. We must continue to bolster our skilled trades and technical work force as well, to grow our middle class and support our community’s growth.
One of the reasons I ran for office is that I believe we need a representative in the State Assembly who will fight for our middle-class values and who will stand up for Nevada workers. I am committed to better working conditions for Nevada workers with jobs that provide good wages and benefits, including family health care coverage. I support equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men and establishing an earned sick leave program for workers so they do not have to fear losing their jobs in case of illness or a family emergency.
In our volatile and ever-changing economy, we need to make sure that our senior citizens can count on their savings accounts and pensions being there when they retire. Retirement income security is a growing concern for so many Nevadans—those already retired and those planning for their retirement years. We need policies to help middle class workers and seniors enjoy the economic security they worked so hard for, including measures to help seniors stay in their own homes and out of expensive nursing facilities.
Investing in Education
While we need further investments in our schools, things are better than they might seem. Even the most recent national rankings are based on the years before 2015, and the substantial additional investments in education funding that have passed since then – with my support, and despite my opponent’s opposition.There is still a long way to go to adequately fund our classrooms. I will continue the fight to improve our public education funding and requirements so we have more teachers in safer classrooms.
As the father of two children who went through Washoe County public schools, I have always worked hard to find ways to improve education in our state, whether it was volunteering with the school district or supporting legislation to properly fund our schools and to ensure more accountability from them.
My education priorities are:
- Continue to reduce overcrowding
- Ensure our schools are safe environments
- Recruit and keep the best teachers
- Make sure our coursework, including career and technical education, is preparing students for their future
- Support early childhood education to give our youngest students a firm foundation to succeed
- Promote greater accountability for school spending.
We must focus on strengthening career and technical education in our high schools and community colleges. Our community colleges play a critical role in responding to the needs of a fast-changing job market by providing students the job ready skills they need to fill the new jobs coming to our state.
More and more people are struggling to find affordable housing. This is partly due to slow wage growth, which I discuss more in the economic security for middle class families section, but there is more to it than that.
In the last legislative session, I supported legislation to create an interim study to examine affordable housing issues. The final report of the study has not come out yet. It will be up to the next legislature to decide how to tackle housing issues at the state level, and the report will have some recommendations to help guide us.
What I can tell you is that my record shows a clear difference between me and my opponent on how we approach issues like housing costs:
- My record shows that I go with solutions that support workers. I believe in getting as much information from all perspectives and making decisions that do the most amount of good for the most amount of people the most amount of the time in the most efficient way possible. I vote for and support the hard-working middle-class and working-class people trying to provide a good life for their families
- My opponent’s record shows that she sides with developers and corporations. She votes with them after taking their money, which makes up a significant part of her campaign contributions.
Improving Healthcare Access and Cost
While there is considerable uncertainty in our health care system due to what’s happening in Washington, we are working here at home to make health care more affordable, accessible and efficient for all Nevadans. I am committed to helping Nevadans reduce the cost of accessible, quality health care, and make good health care decisions through more transparency.
Accountability and Transparency in Government
Ensuring that taxpayers’ money is spent in the most efficient and effective way possible is one of my top priorities – they’re my family’s tax dollars too! I have always been a strong advocate of greater oversight of government spending.
In the legislature, I supported and sponsored bills to do just that—to hold government accountable for every dollar spent and every action taken. We need to make sure our hard-earned tax dollars are being spent to truly improve critical state services, including education, public safety, transportation and services to help children, seniors and veterans.
As we move forward in our state, we must continue to ensure greater accountability from our government every step of the way. We should expect that every dollar is spent for its intended purpose and produces results. I have consistently fought for policies that require more oversight and accountability at all levels of government.
With the passage of WC-1, funding for school construction, Washoe County School District is doing a good job as they move forward to build new schools and repair existing ones. I will continue to carefully monitor these efforts to ensure that every tax-approved dollar is used wisely for this purpose.