My parents, especially my father taught me to participate in our democracy through the simple act of voting. I have fond memories of when I was child, going with my father to vote. He became a US citizen after immigrating from Mexico and he held a strong belief in exercising his right to vote. It was only after I became an adult that I understood why dad would show a piece of paper that looked like a receipt when he voted. This was called a Poll Tax, and Texas did not repeal it until 1966. All eligible minority voters were required to pay about $1.75 in order to vote. The poll tax law kept the poor and minority population from voting. Kansas has discriminatory voting laws and I will focus on changing the laws to make it easier to vote. We must stop every attempt to lead us back to the days of paying a poll tax to vote.
Every child should have a clear path to quality education. We must invest in our children and give them every opportunity to succeed. Kansas's issues with school funding is well known. It is time to end the court battles and fund our schools taking into account inflation. Let's get this done during the next legislative session.
Kansas does not prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodations against LGBTQ people. While many cities throughout Kansas have passed Non-Discrimination Ordinances to protect LGBTQ residents, I will work to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the state level. I will also be working to prohibit so-called "conversion therapy" as an unsafe and unsound practice. I will fight to protect the rights, dignity and lives of the LGBTQ community.
Expanding KanCare will bring federal tax dollars back to Kansas. Many hard-working Kansans can't afford healthcare, and often have to decide between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. As a social worker who has worked in the healthcare field for many years, I know the myriad problems in our current healthcare system. That's why I'm a proponent of Medicare for All. But as a good first step, we must focus on Medicaid expansion.