Mary’s plan to put families first.
The opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of far too many of our neighbors, our friends, and our family members in this district. We need new and forward thinking ideas to save those affected by this crisis. First responders must be given our support for stronger enforcement as well as the resources to guide those in need toward effective care. We must also invest in evidence-based treatment and alternative therapies for those who are suffering from pain so that we build a long term solution to this growing problem.
Access for Working Families
No matter what community you live in, we all deserve access to affordable healthcare. A family’s financial position shouldn’t determine whether or not they have access to affordable, quality care. No parent should ever be forced to choose between paying their mortgage or their child’s medical bills. Let’s not wait for DC to figure it out—we can take action now to protect Pennsylvanians.
Quality In-Home Services
Our parents and grandparents should have access to quality care services in the comfort of their own home. They have worked their whole lives to give us a bright future and they deserve the dignity of being well taken care of in their old age. PA Lottery funds help pay for essential senior services but there are extensive waiting lists to receive them. Long Term Care benefits require recipients to spend down to the poverty level. We must prioritize serving our seniors- they cared for us, now let’s care for them.
Support for Public Education
Public schools have become the emergency rooms for every problem in society—if we want to ask teachers and administrators to tackle these problems, we need to give them the support and tools to do so. That means fair funding based on real needs, fully staffed student support teams, and making sure that teachers have the personal and professional tools they need to serve our children well.
Secondary & Technical Training
If we want to keep our graduates in our towns, we have to provide opportunities for education, technical training, and apprenticeships that are practical, geared toward our growing industries, and don’t result in tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. A guarantee to our children that they can graduate with a credential debt-free that leads to a solid job means that our small towns will continue to prosper well into the future.
Children who attend Pre-K are better prepared for school and those advantages ripple forward, improving graduation rates and even future wages. Early childhood is a key developmental stage, and all of our kids deserve access to quality public Pre-K.
The $7.25 minimum wage is a starvation wage, the bare minimum under federal law and lowest of all neighboring states—if you work a 40 hour week, you should make enough to keep the lights on and food on the table. I am committed to ensuring that working people don’t need three, four, or five jobs pieced together to keep their heads above water.
Putting everyone back to work means supporting parents so they can participate in the workforce in the way that works best for them and their families. The cost of childcare is equal to private school tuition for many, causing a huge burden on working families. This, coupled with a patchwork of company policies regarding parental and sick leave, puts parents on uneven ground. Working parents with the flexibility to care for their families stay in their jobs longer, are more productive, and both the families and the companies they work for thrive.
Government that works for you
Too many legislators serve too long, building their pensions instead of building their districts. I promise to turn down the perks and accept no pension until every Pennsylvanian’s retirement is secure.
Fair Redistricting Legislation
Mary supports the original versions of HB722 and SB22, which would create an independent commission of regular PA citizens tasked with creating district boundaries for state and federal districts, removing the influence of partisanship, and giving citizens a more responsive legislature.
Citizens First Ethics Pledge
Mary has committed to adhere to the Citizens First Ethics Pledge, which includes banning gifts to public officials, withholding legislator’s pay until a budget is passed, limiting campaign contributions from special interests, and requiring itemized receipts for expenses.
American Anti-Corruption Act
Mary supports the American Anti-Corruption Act, a model policy that sets a framework for city, state and federal laws to fix our broken political system. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores the people as the most important stakeholders in our political system.