We must diversify our workforce through vocational education and training which offers career readiness and industry recognized credentials, ensuring good pay and benefits for workers and their families. Refining and integrating the career pathways our youth take will ensure they have access to lifelong learning opportunities.
Competitive Salaries & Benefits
We must support our teachers and paraprofessionals by ensuring they have competitive family-wage salaries and benefits so they can take pride in educating the next generation.
Washington ranks 31st out of 39 states that offer state funded preschool. We need to change that. Investing in early learning today means less spent tomorrow on unemployment, healthcare and incarceration.
Our state has a paramount duty to fully fund our education system. We must find progressive and sustainable revenue to ensure teachers and students receive the resources they need to be successful.
Student Debt Crisis
Pursuing Higher Education shouldn't feel like a debt sentence. I support a Student Loan Bill of Rights, more options to lower tuition, refinancing and forgiveness, and protections that address deceptive lending.
Student level of achievement shouldn't depend on their zip code, skin color or gender. We need an education funding plan which doesn't shift the burden to local communities through property tax hikes and levies.
I support a secure and affordable, publicly funded and privately delivered Medicare-for-All style health care system which will lower the cost of care and reduce operating costs associated with administrative waste.
Lowering Prescription Drug Costs
Big Pharma has taken advantage of our broken campaign finance system to insulate themselves from consequences. It is long past time we enact prescription drug policies that work for everyone, especially our veterans and retirees on fixed-incomes.
Strengthening Rural Hospitals
We need to improve the financial resilience of rural hospitals at-risk of closure through more resources for essential preventative services, reproductive services, and life-saving critical care.
Fighting The Opioid Epidemic
Opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in nearly every part of our state. I support expanding access to alternatives such as NSAIDs and Cannabis, and Naloxone for first responders.
Addressing the Nursing Shortage
In the middle of a nursing shortage, we’re struggling to expand class sizes and hire faculty. I support increased funding for nursing schools and nursing program recruitment and faculty retention.