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Protecting the Middle Class:
Economic Security for Nevada Workers and Retirees
One of the reasons I ran for office is that I believe we need a representative in the State Assembly who will fight for our middle class values, who will stand up for Nevada workers, and who will make retirement income security a real priority. I believe this was one of many areas where the incumbent has let us down. I am committed to better working conditions for Nevada workers with jobs that provide good wages and benefits, including family health care coverage. I support equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men and establishing an earned sick leave program for workers so they do not have to fear losing their jobs in case of illness or a family emergency.
In our volatile and ever-changing economy, we need to make sure that our senior citizens can count on their savings accounts and pensions being there when they retire. Retirement income security is a growing concern for so many Nevadans—those already retired and those planning for their retirement years. We need policies to help middle class workers and seniors enjoy the economic security they worked so hard to attain, including to help seniors stay in their own homes and out of expensive nursing facilities.
Bringing New Jobs to Nevada
I was proud to support legislation in 2011 to revamp our economic development efforts, enabling our state to successfully compete for new businesses. I have also fought hard for accountability measures to ensure that local workers get hired and for more educational opportunities to help workers get trained or re-trained.
As we expand our economy, we must also ensure our existing businesses and industries, such as tourism, recreational opportunities, and small businesses, progress.
I have always been a passionate advocate for Nevada’s workers and their families, and I believe we need to do more to help those who are still unemployed or struggling to make ends meet.
I am committed to building on the progress made for education in the last legislative session. My education priorities will be:
- To continue to reduce overcrowding in our schools and classrooms.
- To ensure our schools are safe environments for kids to learn.
- To recruit and keep the best teachers so we have a highly qualified teacher for every classroom.
- To make sure our coursework, including vocational education, is preparing students for today’s new jobs.
- To support early childhood education to give our youngest students a firm foundation to succeed in school.
- To demand greater accountability for school spending.
(08/02/2016) As we implement the reforms passed in the last session, we must also focus on strengthening vocational and technical education in our high schools and community colleges. Our community colleges play a critical role in responding to the needs of a fast-changing job market by providing students the Job Ready skills they need to fill the new jobs coming to our state.
Government Accountability and Transparency
In the legislature, I supported and sponsored bills to do just that—to hold government accountable for every dollar spent and every action taken. We need to make sure our hard earned tax dollars are being spent to truly improve critical state services, including education, public safety, transportation and services to help children, seniors and veterans.
(07/19/2016) As we move forward in our state, we must continue to ensure greater accountability from our government every step of the way. We should expect that every dollar is spent for its intended purpose and produces results. This is especially important in light of the new education reform legislation currently being implemented by our school district so that we make sure we are meeting the demands not only of our students, but also those of the new companies and jobs coming to Nevada. In my two terms in the legislature, I consistently fought for policies that require more oversight and accountability at all levels of government. In my past volunteer work with the Washoe County School District and on local government issues, accountability was always a priority for me.
As with every issue, please share your thoughts with me on greater government efficiency, transparency and accountability; there is an easy form on this page for you to send me your thoughts.