For our country to thrive – our government must do its job and invest in the things that we must all do together. The things no one person can do alone. We have been sold a “bill of goods” by regressive Republican policy makers, backed by unlimited dark campaign money. The “bill of goods” says “our government is the problem“ I say “No! The problem occurs when government does not adequately fund its vital role to provide health care, education, infrastructure, environmental action, and economic justice.”
Health Care is a human right. In the wealthiest country ever, no person or family should lose their home or livelihood because they become ill. - It could happen to any of us at any time. For-profit Health Care is not about people, it’s about profit. Our government can level this field to ensure that out of pocket expenses are no longer a barrier to seeing the doctor. I want the childcare provider I met in NE Iowa to go to the doctor, instead of hobbling around at work because a $350.00 copay was too great compared to her income.
I want to undo the damage done by a Republican administration that privatized Medicaid in Iowa. I want to restore mental health care in our state to serve and protect those who need it. Health care is a human right. In our America, anything less is immoral.
Public education “is the great equalizer.” A healthy, thriving democracy depends on a world class public education system. Investing in public education (childcare, K-12, and public Colleges and Universities) is an investment in the American values of “Liberty and Justice for All”. It prepares all of our citizens for the complexities of the 21st century. Better education, including the "critical need service"
of high-quality childcare that pays a living wage for workers and is affordable for working parents, leads to a more prosperous economy, and is more attractive to business development. The Republicans in the Iowa Legislature believe a 1.2% increase in Education spending is adequate. That is lower than the annual cost-of-living increase. The Republicans in the Iowa legislature have failed Iowa education. I won’t.
No more delays. We don’t have time! Our state government must take immediate action working with, but not waiting for, the federal government. We must engage every sector of the Iowa economy for environmental stewardship: education, agriculture, industry. We must commit Iowa to 21st century energy systems, transportation systems and agricultural traditions that regenerate our soil, air, and water. We can’t afford not to. Our planet is in crisis. Our state is in crisis. Environmental Action is Economic Action.
When and wherever necessary, we must use the strength of our government to model the mindset of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone; “We all do better when we all do better.” We start by raising the minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour. Next, we restore local communities’ authority to set minimum wage at a rate a community deems appropriate. Republicans in the Iowa legislature removed local control of the minimum wage. We also ensure the availability of quality, affordable child care to help support Iowa’s hardworking families.
When Iowa government supports and models strong wages, employment benefits (as many Iowa employers do), and affordable child care, Iowa’s hardworking families have job security and disposable income to grow their personal wealth and spend money in their home towns. WE ALL DO BETTER WHEN WE ALL DO BETTER.