Investment in Economic Growth
Education, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure are the building blocks of a thriving economy. And a thriving middle-class is the backbone of a healthy community. But in Wisconsin, middle class median earnings fell by $8,900 from 2000 to 2013, more than in any other state. State government should:
-Incentivize Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small businesses
-Invest in high quality K-12 schools, technical colleges, and state universities
-Improve Wisconsin’s transportation and technology infrastructure
Cutting taxes on the rich, eliminating taxes altogether for some companies, and giving Foxconn $3 billion will not help the average Wisconsinite. Smart investment in education, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure will benefit the entire state, strengthen the middle class, and encourage economic growth.
Redrawing district lines to favor the party in power erodes the foundation of our democracy. Republican, Democrat, or independent, every voter deserves free and fair elections. The state legislature must stop spending taxpayer money to defend unlawful voting districts, and Wisconsin voting maps should be redrawn using a bipartisan commission.
Affordable Healthcare for All
Health care costs are out of control. In Wisconsin, insurance premiums have gone up 300% since 2000. This hyperinflation hurts families and businesses as well as the economy. Every Wisconsinite deserves affordable coverage that covers preexisting conditions and provides essential health benefits including preventative care, emergency room visits, prescription services, mental health care, and reproductive care. State government should work with healthcare stakeholders to develop measures to ensure access to healthcare and reduce healthcare costs.
Stewardship of the Environment
"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively the land." ---Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Like Aldo Leopold, most Wisconsinites appreciate the natural wonder of our state — the woods we hunt in, the parks we camp in, the lakes we fish on — and recognize that a healthy natural environment is the single most important legacy we give to our children. These environmental values should be reflected in our state government through legislation that protects our earth, water, and air and encourages businesses, individuals, and communities to do the same.