Growing the future of District 97
Increase resources to diversion programs; continue sentence, bail and parole board reform efforts; decrease/eliminate fees related to re-entry; allocate social support resources to probation and parole; and provide resources to juvenile facilities for education, mentorship and activities.
Health & Social Services
Adequately fund mental health services and facilities; expand affordable coverage offerings for those with pre-existing conditions; expand medical service; and expand comprehensive sex education in schools inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Increase minimum wage to livable wage; ensure equal pay for equal work; increase affordable housing options and protections for residents; adequately fund temporary housing facilities for homeless youth and adults; and establish state based universal income program.
Reinstate voting rights for those formerly incarcerated; protect body autonomy and women’s reproductive rights; expand the opportunities for small businesses and DBEs; reform state unemployment program; and increase equal access to fresh food.
Budget & Infrastructure
Invest state budget resources equitably in the development of people and creating healthy and safe environments; allocate monies to sustain and grow infrastructure (roads, bridges, internet connectivity, etc.); and create eco-friendly environment to reduce carbon footprint.
Increase classroom resources; expand high quality education options; increase supports to students seeking alternative pathways to the workforce; increase TOPS; expand voting opportunities for youth; increase funding supports for reading programs and universal counseling access to students; and ensure high quality early childhood education- statewide universal preK.