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Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE

To improve the quality of life in Michigan, it is imperative that Michigan invest in infrastructure. Our states infrastructure is aging with many items needing immediate replacement or repair. We have seen disastrous effects in Macomb County caused by not addressing the needs of aging infrastructure. In 2016, dozens of residents were displaced to due to an enormous sink hole. Other residents have been injured due to concrete falling from overpasses to freeways below. Necessary improvements include roads, bridges, highways, expressways, waterways, water and wastewater pipes and broadband internet.

Increasing road funding. Michigan drivers have been spending hundreds of dollars each year in vehicle costs caused by road damage. Current road funding is short of what is needed for repairs and replacement by over $3 billion dollars, with about $2 billion of those improvements needed in southeast Michigan. I support a common sense balance between corporate and individual responsibility to fund our necessary road improvements. I also support redrafting Michigan’s antiquated road funding formula, which puts far too little emphasis on the number of cars traveling on roads and more emphasis on the miles of road in a county.

Increased access to broadband internet. Access to broadband internet shows disparities in rural versus urban and suburban areas. We need to incentivize providers to build out broadband internet in more rural communities. Almost 40 percent of Michigan communities also only have one option for high speed internet in their area. Not having access to broadband results in using alternate routes to the internet with significantly slower speed, which can affect students studying from home and overall computer literacy.

Safe and clean water. Michigan communities need significant infrastructure repairs to its water systems, such as replacing water mains, lead service lines and removing chemical pollutants from water. The state needs to take proactive steps to ensure all Michigan residents have access to safe drinking water and fund these improvement projects through a combination of state and federal funding. The state must also provide improvements to waste water treatment facilities to keep our beautiful lakes and waterways from being subject to sewage runoff and overflows.


Agriculture

AGRICULTURE

Generations of family farms have built our Macomb County community. I grew up on a family farm and I know what is needed to be done to protect family farms and our local farming community. Michigan agriculture is part of our everyday lives, as the energy we use, the clothes we wear and the food we enjoy are products hardworking Michigan farm families.

Farmers are the curators of the earth and remain a critical part of our state economy. More than a quarter of the acreage or our county is used for agriculture with more than 400 active farms. Our state needs to take measures to ensure the financial viability of family farming due to losses suffered from needless trade wars that have unnecessarily impacted our local farmers. The viability of our local farmers is directly impacted on their ability to access the international markets without road blocks to their financial success.

 


Education

EDUCATION

All children deserve access to a quality education. Investing in education is an investment in our state’s future. I am a product of both Catholic and public education and I am proud of the education I received in Michigan.

Some charter schools have recently been exposed as not meeting acceptable criteria for our public education standards. I am concerned that private, for-profit charter schools are putting profit before the successful education of our students. Education needs to be separated from a profit motive. All schools need to be held to a single standard of excellence and report to our State Board of Education. One thing is clear – some charter schools have siphoned resources from our community schools and have not been held to the same performance standards. The education of our students is not an experiment and should not be treated as such. Any schools outside of our local community schools should be carefully examined and scrutinized for their ability to sustain operations and provide a quality education.

As the mother of a special needs child, I know the importance of special education services and it availability in our public schools. We need to ensure all of our special education students receive the highest level of service to help them attain professional success beyond schools.

Michigan schools need to support our students from the beginning. We can do this by adding early childhood education programs and later offering skilled trades programs, so we can give our children the skills to succeed. While college shouldn’t be considered a luxury or essential for success, it is important that those who pursue higher learning can do so in affordably. It is incumbent upon our state to make colleges and universities affordable for Michigan families. We also need more training and apprenticeship programs to prepare our students to be part of the emerging workforce in our state.

Our educators are the backbone of the success of our public education in Michigan. With a teacher shortage looming, it is important that we address this crisis. We need to respect educators and ensure the compensation of our teachers and administrators attract the best people to mold our future workforce.


Veterans

Veterans

Veterans’ issues are deeply important and very personal to me. I served in the US Army where I obtained my 91 Charlie. I served in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse. My family is filled with veterans, including my father who served in the 101 Airborne, grandfather who served in World War II, uncle who is an Air Force veteran, and many others who have served their country.

Advocating for veterans is a top priority for me and I will see that veterans have access to the resources they have earned from their service. We need to provide the resources for our veterans to help them reintegrate into civilian live and the civilian workforce. Michigan is amongst the last in veterans’ services in the US and I will seek to improve the quality and abundance of support and services for our veterans.


Gun Violence

GUN VIOLENCE

I am a firm believer in the second amendment. People across our state and county who own weapons are able to do so in a safe and careful manner. Safe handling and storage of weapons is critical for keeping our communities safe.

As America faces an epidemic of gun violence, it is clear that we need to ensure that we keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves or others. Gun in the hands of dangerous people pose a risk to both national security and our public health. I support expanded background checks for those purchasing weapons to ensure weapons are not put into the wrong hands.

Mass shootings and gun violence pose a danger to our local communities and our schools. No parent should have to fear dropping their child at school nor should any child fear their schools isn’t a safe place for them to learn. The only drill at school they should be worrying about is a fire drill and not lockdowns.


Healthcare

AFFORDABLE AND REASONABLE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

Access to affordable healthcare is a right for Michiganders. As we have seen during this pandemic, we are only as safe and healthy as are the weakest among us. I support the currently implemented expanded Medicaid to cover medical benefits for low-income Michiganders and those who have lost coverage during the pandemic recession.

Our district really needs increased funding for mental health services. In rural areas access to comprehensive aid is difficult to obtain and we need to focus on attracting mental health specialists and establishing shelters for women, runaways and the homeless. Unless we look at the underlying issues of these problems and offer help, we will continue to waste what money we have on temporary fixes.

The federal government has done little to control the price of prescription drugs. As a state legislator, it will be my ambition to make changes to control the prices of prescription drugs in Michigan and to eliminate price gouging. No one should have to choose between eating or paying for essential medication when we live in the richest country in the world.

As a labor and delivery nurse in the Army and a nurse for over 30 years, I believe in the role of healthcare providers to work with their patients to help them make educated and informed decisions. Healthcare decisions should remain between a patient and their healthcare professional. People should be free to make their own medical decisions and I do not believe in the overreach of government in personal healthcare choices.

 


Environment

ENVIRONMENT

Having a clean environment and a strong economy are not mutually exclusive. Our environment is much of what attracts people to Macomb. Keeping our lakes and waterways clean are critical not just for their natural beauty and recreational access but for the health and well-being of our residents and to keep our economy strong.

Our districts main source of income is through tourism and we need to continue the Great Lakes cleanup initiative insuring the continued removal of PFAS, the preservation of our wetlands and the curbing of invasive species.

Michigan and Macomb need to be on the leading edge in its involvement in emerging clean energy industry. Not only does clean energy like wind and solar help our environment, it has enormous potential for well-paying manufacturing jobs. The economy is always evolving and Michigan needs to look to the future job market to continue its job growth into the 21st century.

 


Opioid Epidemic

OPIOID EPIDEMIC

The use of opioids has reached a level of crisis in recent years and is now the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50. It is not just a problem that affects cities but now exists in every community in our state. To reduce these senseless deaths, we need to take proactive action to better monitor the legal and illegal trade of drugs and stem the flow of these drugs into our state.

The approach to reduce opioid abuse has multiple steps. First, we need better clinician practices in the writing of prescriptions and better education for non-opioid pain management. We also need to ensure we have sufficient access to treatment for users who are ready to free themselves from opioid addiction. Treating users as criminals without treating the underlying addiction does nothing but continue to fill our already bloated prison system.


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Chesterfield, MI 48047
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