I will periodically be updating my website about what we can be doing to improve the lives of everyone living, working, raising a family or enjoying their retirement years in Nevada. I hope you will continue to visit this website to learn more.
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 and who will stand up for Nevada workers. 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 measures 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. Over the years since those 2011 reforms, we have had success in recruiting new businesses to our state, and we are continuing these efforts.
As we expand our economy, we must also ensure our existing businesses and industries, such as tourism, recreational opportunities, and small businesses, prosper.
My education priorities are:
- 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 career and technical 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.
We must focus on strengthening career 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.
I was a strong supporter of legislation (SB 544) to appropriate an additional $200 million to our schools to continue education reforms passed in 2015 that are working to improve the education of every student.
One of the most important health care bills passed in 2017 was SB 529, a measure requiring more transparency on the cost of prescription drugs, including drugs for diabetes. Other health care bills passed by the legislature can be found on my Legislative Actions page.
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.
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. I have consistently fought for policies that require more oversight and accountability at all levels of government.
With the passage of WC-1, funding for school construction, Washoe County School District is doing a good job as they move forward to build new schools. I will continue to carefully monitor these efforts to ensure that every tax-approved dollar is used wisely for this purpose.