I will work to ensure that we invest in comprehensive education and fully fund our K-12 public education system as mandated by the 2012 McCleary decision. Additionally, it is imperative that we nurture the holistic qualities of our children, and not their ability to take a test. I am committed to holding our state accountable in providing equal access and opportunity to quality public education for all of our children.
I will be a senator who shines a bright light on employers who still won’t pay women the same as men. Equal pay for equal work is non-negotiable in 2016. I will make sure Washington remains a leader in ending discrimination at the workplace and in our schools. I will also work to pass paid family and medical leave. It is shameful the United States lags behind the world offering paid leave for new families or to care for a sick parent. Washington can and should be a leader on these issues.
I will be a senator who not only champions raising the statewide minimum wage to $15 NOW; but takes action where Congress has not, linking the Minimum Wage to our economy’s growth, ensuring that the minimum wage is actually a LIVABLE WAGE, now and forever. Washington has been a leader, but there is more work to be done.
Seattle has become a national leader in multi-modal transportation options. I supported ST3, increasing light rail, Bus Rapid Transit, and increasing access to mass transit. I support transitioning from a gas-tax to a mixed revenue system using a gas-tax and road-use tax, ensuring those adding most to our congestion are paying their fair share and making environmentally friendly options more attractive. I want to also provide state funding to help localities decrease bus and light rail fares so they are more accessible to our community.
I pledge on my first day in the Senate to introduce legislation removing the "with malice" standard for prosecuting police who use unjustified force. I support a pilot program for the State Patrol to use body cameras, policies and programs to increase the diversity of our law enforcement agencies. I want to fund programs for officers suffering mental illness and applaud the Joint Legislative Task Force on Deadly Force in Community Policing and will strive to be an ally for their efforts. I also support an independent statewide review panel to investigate inappropriate uses of force
I will continue the 37th district's leadership charting a path to universal housing. We must bring together developers, homeowners renters, homeless advocates and government agencies to chart a path forward. We must increasing housing stock, shore up underfunded mental health and addiction services providers, and make it easier to implement local solutions. Washington state is an engine for innovation and we can lead the country by expanding affordable housing tax credits, and spurring economic revitalization.
My mom has been an AFSCME member for the past 13 years. I have lived first hand, the reality our state workers face when they are denied cost of living adjustments that keep wages in line with inflation. As your senator I will vote for, sponsor, and fiercely advocate for legislation that provides our state workers with livable wages that recognize increases in cost of living.
Washington's middle class continues to struggle despite a growing economy. I understand that we must work to build an economy that works for everyone. That is why I will fight to protect good-paying jobs and pensions in the legislature. I fiercely oppose "right to work" initiatives and will always defend collective bargaining while fighting for job-saving measures like "clawback policies" which ties the tax breaks that corporations receive to the jobs they create for Washington residents.
Climate Change presents an existential threat to our way of life in the 37th LD. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places we live are all impacted by carbon pollution. As a young Washingtonian, I know that the impacts of unchecked carbon pollution will be felt most acutely by my generation and those that follow us. As your State Senator, I will help grow a new generation of progressive climate champions to pass a carbon tax that limits pollution to scientifically-acceptable levels and which focuses resources on the communities that will be impacted the most by our changing climate. I will also work to put in place new rules and regulations that limit emissions from the leading sources of green house gasses: transportation, agriculture, and energy production.