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The biggest need in the 18th District is the need for more education funding, although the Bensalem School District has gotten some of the largest increases in recent years, I have cosponsored the Fair Funding Formula legislation. This would bring an additional $7 million in education funding back to Bensalem. I would also like to address property taxes. We need to find a new revenue source that would be strictly dedicated to helping our seniors keep their homes.
I believe we must pass a redistricting reform bill. We have too many legislative districts that have been hand crafted to fit one political party. In my district, there are 4700 more Democrats than Republicans, I am proud to work across the aisle to serve all of my constituents.
When legislators work together in a bipartisan manner, the divisive rhetoric disappears. We need to be better prepared for future pandemics.
I believe we need to form a comprehensive committee that would include the Governor, members of his administration, and members of the legislature.
The goal of this committee would be to provide oversight, as we have come to find out that the Governor did not even attend meetings that determined what businesses would be shut down and the Auditor General found that the business waiver process was “inconsistent.” I believe in listening to science and data, I don’t believe in unchecked executive powers.
We must come together as a legislature to work on making healthcare more accessible and more affordable, especially in this time of COVID. I just voted on legislation that would allow Certified Nurse Practitioners to operate a practice without an agreement with a Doctor. This is the type of legislation that would increase access while decreasing cost. We also must work on legislation that would protect those with preexisting conditions; I 100% support that legislation.
In today’s world, Higher Education is not the only path towards financial independence. Our community college system is remarkable, and our unions offer exceptional education and job opportunities.
I do believe in the Second Amendment; however, I believe there are some common sense proposals that can keep guns out of the hands of individuals that don’t belong. It is critical that we effectively enforce all regulations currently on the books, and I do support red flag legislation. This legislation would provide family members and law enforcement with the ability to petition the courts to temporarily remove guns from an individual, who may be suffering through some troubling times.
I do believe that the topic of legalizing recreational marijuana will be coming up more, especially with Governor Wolf making his push for legalizing. With thousands of Pennsylvanians out of work, even more still dealing with the failures of the unemployment system, and a potential multi-billion dollar deficit, I don’t believe this is the best time to debate this proposal. I am more focused on legislation that would provide more PPE for our frontline workers, provide paid family leave for hard working Pennsylvanians, and raise the minimum wage.
As Americans we must come together regardless of our party, race, and culture to rid the world of all racism that exists. I believe that we as a community, can work together to put our differences aside to make sure that love continues to outweigh hate.
I believe that we must work together to address these, and so many other challenges facing our families. This November, I hope to earn your vote to continue serving as Bensalem’s voice in Harrisburg.