As your elected Congress member, I will prioritize lifting my district from the high levels of poverty it has been plagued by since 2005. The combination of skyrocketing housing costs and inflation-adjusted wages that have benefited only the highest-paid workers are crippling the hard working people of my district. The majority of the families living in poverty have at least one member working full time. As your representative, I will push for a dignified living wage for all workers. Those folks working 40, 50, 60 hours a week should be able to provide a home, healthcare, and food for their families.
It is also crucial for us to create policies that will strengthen public support like tax credits, health insurance, daycare, and food assistance for struggling folks to meet their needs in the face of the rising cost of living. I will not turn my back on the needs of my constituents as they strive to better their lives in the communities that I see daily.
The extraordinary small business owners who are the lifeblood of our local economy have struggled under the Pandemic. Several friends have shared with me the struggles they faced in keeping afloat, even before the pandemic. Meaningful and viable support for these businesses will be a priority.