Increase Funding for Education
Our district is home to some of the best public schools in the country. However, overall our state is still ranked 40th out of all 50 states in public education. Statistics have proven that states and districts that invest more in education produce better students. As your State Representative, I want to bring an innovative solution to increase funding for education. I want to implement a fee on the corporate sale of Floridians’ personal data by big tech companies (Google, Facebook & Amazon). Then use these funds to increase salaries for teachers and administration personnel. I want to invest more funds in early childhood education, mental health, special needs, STEM, arts and vocational programs.
Expand Access to Affordable Healthcare
I firmly believe that every Floridian should have access to affordable healthcare. I think the best way to achieve this is to let everyone who likes their health insurance to keep it and expand Medicaid to the 800,000 plus lower-income Floridians who already qualify under the Federal Affordable Care Act. In addition, I will fight to protect pre-existing conditions, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and make sure women have access to reproductive healthcare.
Advocate for Seniors, Veterans & Small Businesses
I know we stand on the shoulders of people who fought hard for freedoms, and those who have built paths that we walk on today. For seniors, I will advocate for more funding for services in 55 plus communities. This will include more transportation, and digital service offices to help with technology. For veterans, I will make sure they get access to jobs, affordable housing, and healthcare. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and as a small business owner, I understand the struggles. This is why I will advocate to reduce red tape, increase government contracts, and grants.
Pass Common-Sense Gun Reform
Florida has been home to some of the highly publicized mass shootings over the past few years. Individuals who carried out these shootings shouldn't have had access to guns. I will fight to pass common-sense gun reforms such as universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles & high-capacity magazines.
Protect the Environment
Scientists predict that a portion of South Florida will be underwater by 2100 if nothing is done about climate change. The water that we drink comes from the Everglades, and over 100 million tourists visit our state annually for our pristine beaches and waterways. Our livelihoods, our health, and our existence depend on the environment. I will protect our environment by banning fracking and transition to renewable energy, and continually address the perils of climate change.
Defend Home Rule
Florida is a diverse state culturally and geographically, North Florida is different than Central Florida, and both are different than South Florida. Even our district is made up of unique cities. Pembroke Pines is poised to become Broward’s largest city. Weston once a small town is now is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. And Southwest Ranches is still a small town. I know city commissioners and mayors are better at making decisions about your everyday life than legislators in Tallahassee; this is why I will stand up to defend home rule to keep the decision-making power in the hands of your local officials.