What are the issues that are most important to District 26?
Indiana has many issues and challenges ahead. My focus will be to work hard for Indiana to make the changes it deserves.
Funding Public Education
In the 2013-2014 school year, public schools lost $81 million to the voucher program. The children left behind in these schools face the consequences of this action. With reduced funding comes loss of services, choices, and the ability to fully fund schools that are challenged or failing due to their limited resources.
Providing Living Wages
One in five children in Indiana belong to food insecure families. Our food banks can only provide for, and are accessible to, about 20% of those families. Although the food banks provide an invaluable service, I am positive that families would prefer quality jobs in Indiana to make their own way through life. It is a shame that we have individuals begging for a job that provides a living wage when we should have companies that offer jobs with a thriving wage in Indiana.
Supporting Mental Health
We have people who are homeless or without healthcare services. Indiana has a growing addiction problem of people self-medicating with heroin and opioids. We have children who don't feel safe in their schools. And we don't have enough providers to address these issues. Indiana needs to step up and find solutions!