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My Plan to Put the People First

See my positions on various issues below the Candidate Forum questions
In a Candidate Forum on November 30, 2017 the audience submitted a number of questions to me and the rest of the candidates. My answers are detailed HERE.
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Health & Wellness

  • Expand Medicare and reduce reliance on for-profit insurance companies. Move toward universal health insurance coverage.
  • Increase mental healthcare, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through education.
  • Protect a woman’s right to make decisions about her health.
  • Address the opioid and meth crises through education and prevention.
  • Work to provide broad access to overdose and anti-addiction medication.
  • Legalize marijuana and limit sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
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Open & Fair Government

  • Expand sunshine laws and press access.
  • Push for a strong 2020 census in Missouri, and work to end gerrymandering.
  • Challenge the legislature to draft bills that are based in fact and science.

Fair Wages & Income Inequality

  • Establish a livable minimum wage.
  • Repeal "Right to Work" and support unions.
  • Reduce reliance on government programs by increasing wages and addressing tax and income inequality.
  • Commission a study to identify any gender wage gaps in employment across Missouri.

Civil Rights & Protections

  • Fight to strengthen non-discrimination legislation for minority and LGBTQ citizens.
  • Repeal Senate Bill 43, and work on race-related problems at the University of Missouri.
  • Hold the police and justice system accountable for their actions, particularly regarding minorities. Provide tools and budget emphasizing de-escalation in conflict resolution.
  • Advocate for the Second Amendment, universal background checks, and national concealed carry reciprocity.
  • End the use of private for-profit prisons.

Education

  • Improve public school education through increased funding and teacher pay.
  • Work to enhance access to higher education. Support debt-free college and technical training for all Missouri high school graduates.
  • Emphasize school choice programs over vouchers or other incentives.

Local & Regional Prosperity

  • Expand bike trails, and preserve and enlarge State parks.
  • Invest in infrastructure; use local businesses and workers when possible.
  • Support small business growth.
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When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character. This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor. But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw. Stigmatise those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.
Sarah Kendzior, Writer and Reporter