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As your next state senator, I will fight for strategic investment in California’s education system, the creation of good paying clean energy jobs, and access to healthcare for everyone in our community.

Issues

As your next state senator, I will fight for strategic investment in California’s education system, the creation of good paying clean energy jobs, and access to healthcare for everyone in our community.

Invest in Quality Education for our Children

We know that education is the way out of poverty, but we are not investing in schools enough or in the most effective ways. We can disrupt the school-to prison pipeline, and address the changing nature of work in the 21st century by preparing and inspiring the next generation. 

From pre-K through community college, education should be free.

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act will restore more than $11 billion per year to California’s schools, community colleges and other vital local services simply by having corporations be good neighbors.

We can reverse the trend of college tuition costs spiking far more rapidly than spending in other areas of our economy by using sound, evidence-based research and solutions.

Attract Green Technology to the Inland Empire

California needs to transform to a green energy economy. 

This will come in the form of investment in research and development (R&D), infrastructure and increased funding for vital jobs associated with a green economy.

California’s cap-and-trade program is central to its fight against climate change. The program sets limits on carbon dioxide emissions and requires companies that exceed the limit to pay up. The money generated is used to fund clean-energy projects specifically in San Bernardino and Riverside counties where we have some of the worst air pollution in the nation. I believe that we can build on the success of these programs by making the Inland Empire the green technologies and infrastructure hub for California.

Create Realistic Paths to Build our Middle Class

Only 50% of people in the Inland Empire are making a living wage, leaving many hard working families food and housing insecure, and putting children at risk without adequate, safe or affordable childcare.

The price is too high. It’s time that corporations started paying employees before their shareholders. 

Building the middle class will benefit all of California and reduce homelessness and hopelessness. Right now, when workers don’t make enough to take care of themselves, it means that a portion of everyone else's taxes go to pay for food, housing and other support services to make the difference. 

Let's end the corporate welfare. 

California’s Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a refundable state tax credit that boosts the incomes of low-income families by providing them with an additional state tax credit. In 2018, more than 1.4 million people claimed the credit. I supported expanding this program to cover children of immigrants. CalEITC has clear advantages for children. According to the California Budget & Policy Center,  higher payments result in reduction in low-birth weight babies and higher achievement in school. The result of programs like this are healthier kids who do better and earn more in the long run. We need resources that focus on low-cost preventive measures like CalEITC that help to head off a host of societal problems and lead to positive, productive change for our communities. 

 

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