All students should have the opportunity for a quality education. This is best achieved by adequately funding traditional public schools. Tax payer dollars should not be transferred to private schools or charter schools via voucher programs. Current legislative policies have made this goal difficult and has resulted in a shortage of teachers. Respect for the profession must be a major component of the solution.
I fully support the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. Hoosiers have the right to protect themselves as they see fit without the interference of the government. Education and respect is more effective to curtail violence than overreaching gun control measures.
Municipalities and local school boards should be able to preserve control over many decisions when prudent. State policy should allow varied communities to administer resources as they see fit. Evansville is different from Gary. Rural is different from urban. Rural communities should not be competing with urban communities for funding. These unique areas should be recognized as communities with different needs and given the freedom to allocate resources to areas most beneficial to their citizens.
Workers have the right to organize into labor unions. Those unions represent the best interest of the employee. “Right to Work” legislation, a law that is designed to undermine worker opportunities, should be repealed. While unemployment rates have decreased, Indiana wages have failed to keep pace with the rest of the nation. Prevailing wage should be reinstated to ensure Hoosier excellence and a fair opportunity for Indiana contractors. Quality workers demand quality wages.
Hoosiers deserve access to reasonable and affordable healthcare plans. The Affordable Care Act provided a catalyst for change, but needs improvement. Ideally statewide employees should be on a plan that provides known and reasonable benefits for those enrolled.
I was raised on a tobacco farm in Spencer County and completed a degree in Agriculture Education from Western Kentucky University. Those in the Agriculture Community deserve legislators with knowledge of their daily tasks and struggles. Lawmakers must be willing to listen and work with all those involved in crop and livestock production.