Where does Kathy stand?

+ HEALTHCARE FOR ALL

Our healthcare system isn't working. Families cannot afford or access the care they need, and many have to choose between paying for their prescriptions and putting food on the table.

Research shows us that the United States spends twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet the health outcomes in the United States are much worse. In one of the most powerful, advanced, and wealthy countries in the world, this should not be the case. People should not suffer.

As an Addictions Counselor and Therapist, I know first-hand how our healthcare system is inaccessible, unaffordable, and oftentimes, non-existent in our district. In the past year, many of our rural hospitals have closed, leaving many without access to care. We need a solution, and we need it urgently.

I fully support moving the United States to a universal healthcare coverage. Our current healthcare system is based on employer-sponsored coverage: your employer provides your health insurance, and you may pay a percentage of the overall plan costs. However, we know that this isn't the reality for many people. Many employers do not provide health insurance for their employees, and many people find themselves in "gaps," through retirement prior to Medicare eligibility and more. We need a new system, one that is affordable and will cover more individuals.

+ STRONG PUBLIC EDUCATION

Public Schools: Public schools are the heartbeat of our community. Investing in our public schools is the best way to invest in the future of our children. Any attempts to weaken or divert funding from our public schools hurts our community members. As the spouse of a retired school teacher, I also know first-hand the impact that our educators have on our community. I support all legislation that strengthens our public schools, and I support the right of our educators to fight for higher wages and secured pensions.

Debt-Free Education: Our children must be able to succeed without being hindered by unbearable student debt. For this reason, I support debt-free community college, which provides all students, and most specifically students from our rural district, the opportunity to get ahead in life.

+ BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE

Driving around the district, it is clear that we need greater investment in our infrastructure. Our roads and bridges are failing, internet access is lacking, and phone service is limited. These are real problems that directly impact our neighbors. In order for the economy of our district to grow, we need new businesses and new job opportunities. However, in order for these businesses to thrive, they need access to strong infrastructure and technology. For this reason, I support legislation that invests back in our community through funding for our roads and bridges, funding for internet access expansion, and support for cell service expansion.

+ STRONG UNION JOBS

Unions: Right to Work is wrong for Missouri. Any attempt to weaken unions hurts our community. For this reason, I oppose any Right to Work legislation, both on the national and state level. Our unions must be strong in order to advocate for increased wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces.

Training: For generations, vocational and technical training programs have provided life and job skills for our community members. We must strengthen these programs, not weaken them, and funding for these programs must be sustained.

+ PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Climate change is real, and it is directly impacting our community. Recent flooding in our district that has hurt farmers is a direct result of a changing climate. We must take climate change seriously. For this reason, I support new policies that create new job opportunities and industries to respond to the changing needs of our planet.

+ ENDING GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

In 2018, Missouri voters in our district overwhelmingly voted to pass Clean Missouri. Now, some Missouri legislators are trying to ignore the voice and will of the people by attempting to change or roll back parts of it. Our government does not work when the voice of the people is not heard. I supported Clean Missouri on the state-level, and the elected officials in our state should listen to the votes of Missouri voters.

On the federal level, I fully support ending Citizens United and returning the power to the people. We need to hold our leaders accountable and responsible for their decisions. Right now, our government is only working for the wealthy and powerful — those who can buy politicians' support for their causes. This is wrong. The government must work well for everyone.