The Lehigh Valley has a unique opportunity to become a sustainably growing metro area that strengthens our local workers and lifts up our most vulnerable communities.
MORE JOBS, HIGHER WAGES
Growth in our region shouldn't be limited to only white collar and service industries. I support raising the minimum wage to $15, encouraging blue collar and "green collar" growth in the area, improving our public transportation and infrastructure for working families, and investing in more training/education to help workers succeed in the automated economy.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
It is no coincidence that we've seen a rise in epidemics like addiction and diabetes, while the healthcare industry enjoys year over year profits by inflating the cost of care. Pennsylvanians need full access to healthcare now. I support streamlining and expanding our public healthcare system so everyone has access to high-quality care as a right.
100% clean energy
The Lehigh Valley is one of the top 3 metro areas in PA for clean energy jobs, but our clean energy goals are holding us back. We can strengthen our local economy and create 50% more jobs by retrofitting buildings, updating our infrastructure, and training fossil fuel workers and low-income communities to be part of the process.
EDUCATE NEW LEADERS
We must restore full state funding to our public schools after years of budget cuts, and pilot new applied learning and STEM programs to better prepare students in need. And, we must stop the exodus of our educated Millennial workforce by expanding student debt forgiveness for new grads who decide to stay and work in PA after college.
I will introduce and fight for the passage of the Anti-Corruption Act, a comprehensive new law being passed by citizens all over the country to fix our broken elections and clean up campaign finance. Public officials should spend their time serving the public, not chasing big corporate checks.
Women are the primary or co-breadwinners for over 2 out of 3 families in Pennsylvania, yet they still make only 76¢ for every dollar a man makes for the same job. We must update Pennsylvania's equal pay laws — and leave women's reproductive decisions between her and her doctor while we're at it.
dreamers & refugees
Many who call the Lehigh Valley home today are migrating families displaced by US-led climate change and military conflicts. I support immigrants, Dreamers and refugees, and believe it is our moral duty to provide fair pathways to citizenship for all, regardless of race or religion.
Pennsylvania has made important strides in improving prison conditions, from reducing inmate populations to combatting recidivism. Let's continue to lead in criminal justice reform, with more STEM and green job training for incarcerated people and ending mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug-related crimes.
Our state still does not have laws in place to protect Pennsylvanians from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I support anti-discrimination laws, like the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. I also firmly believe trans youth should not be banned from access to life-saving health services.
END gun violence
I support strong and comprehensive gun safety legislation, including banning assault rifles, expanding background checks, closing gun sale loopholes, "red flag" laws and updating surrender laws for domestic abusers, and improving reporting between mental health and law enforcement agencies.