Together we can find a common solution.

Thank you for taking a part of our great Iowan democracy. Here are some of my views and potential solutions to the issues in Iowa. Together we can look at the issues and come up with different solutions. Feel free to scroll through the issues, click for specific topics, or contact me directly. We are at our strongest when we work together.

INCOME INEQUALITY

LGBTQ

HEALTHCARE

EDUCATION

ENVIRONMENT

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INCOME INEQUALITY

 

Rent Reform

When it comes to necessary components to survival (Food, Water, Shelter, medicine, etc…) it is unethical for companies to have excess income at the expense of our most vulnerable Iowans. The cost of living has been rising at an exponential rate that income has notbeen able to keep up with, it has benefited the wealthiest in this country and in Iowa. Recently we have even seen unprecedented spikes in rent upwards of 69% in our own community of Waukee at Midwest Country Estates . This needs to be addressed. I believe a percentile maximum income should be proposed and discussed with rental estate companies within Iowa. This would allow us to resume a reasonable income for the rental estate companies, while still defending everyday Iowans from overpriced rent and allowing the working class Iowans to allocate more funds to other expenses.

Minimum Wage

Every Iowan deserves fair pay for their labor, and the fact that so many Iowans have to work 2 to 3 jobs at minimum wage just to make ends meet is not acceptable. The reality is these people have to work so many hours just to provide for their families it gives them no time to work on their own skills to move up and start working on their careers. First we need to raise the minimum wage to a respectable 15 dollars an hour allowing our lower income families a chance to participate in our great american economy. Second we need to prioritize developing the untapped potential within our lower income families by providing better accessibility to free skill enhancing workshops such as interview skills, resume building, leadership, etc…

LGBTQ RIGHTS

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Ban Conversion Therapy

No one should be forced into a highly discredited “treatment” against their will, especially when there is nothing to be “treated”. Worldwide, multiple psychiatric professionals and journals have discredited and condemned the highly discriminatory practice of conversion/ reparative therapy. LGBTQ youth already suffer from increased bullying percentages which leads to  higher suicide attempt rates, about five times more likely to attempt suicide. When subjected to conversion therapy these individuals are eight times more likely to attempt suicide. This is unacceptable, and proven to be a practice that is ineffective and deemed unethical by countless psychiatric professionals. At a minimum, it is time we commit to our LGBTQ youth and protect them against these inhumane practices banning any type of conversion/ reparative therapy  on minors, and ensuring there are no lose ends where loops holes could be taken advantage of.

HEALTH CARE

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Medicaid in Iowa

Medicaid in Iowa is in danger, the privatization has caused major disturbances in healthcare coverage for many Iowans. The lack of effort in working with healthcare insurers like United Healthcare is driving them out of the state in Medicaid. Efficiently leaving our lower income families to suffer the consequences. Not providing adequate healthcare for the lower class prevents a large portion of Iowans the ability to actively contribute to our communities successfully limiting these individuals from participating in our great American economy. We need to hold our representatives accountable and reverse the privatization of healthcare in Iowa. Investing in the people of Iowa allowing everyone the full capability to contribute to our communities will have exponential return. Health care is not a privilege, health care is a right.

Mental Health

Mental health is becoming a crisis here in Iowa, putting our most vulnerable at risk. The decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid system has put some stress on Iowans in their mental healthcare coverage. It’s caused some to revolve their mental health care providers preventing any sustainable improvements in individual’s mental health. To tackle this issue head on we need to start discussing this issue with others and getting rid of that stigma around it. Mental illness affects nearly 123,000 Iowans, one in four of adults in Iowa experience a mental health issue. According to National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), Iowa ranks 47th in psychiatrists, 44th in mental health availability and 51st (including the District of Columbia) in the ratio of state psychiatric beds to residents. It’s time we all address this issue and start talking solutions, starting with allocating more resources to mental health care in Iowa.

EDUCATION

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School counselors

The ASCA recommends a ratio of 250 students to one school counselor. Currently Iowa is 26th in the nation in this area with about 423 students to one school counselor, which is 69% higher than the recommended ratio. On top of the having fewer counselors than needed they are also asked to perform duties outside such as data entry, test coordination, master scheduling, and more. Our student’s future can be greatly improved with more post-secondary preparedness. Effective improvement could start with enhancing the school counselor-administrator partnership by clearly defining their roles, and increasing college and career training opportunities within the state. Expanding accessibility to internships and trade school opportunities can significantly improve the chances of success within our young Iowans

ENVIRONMENT

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 Cover Crops

We have a lot of work to do when it comes to climate change. The time to take action has come and gone and we’re left with a situation where we have no choice but to act now. Big changes come from a group effort, and we all need to work together to improve our next generation’s future. Iowa farmers will be an invaluable source for change. We have to work together with farmers to improve Iowa’s water quality. Cover crops help prevent soil erosion that can make its way into Iowa’s water. The erosion has caused the nitrate levels in our Iowan water to rise, and in connection approximately 12,594 cases of cancer have also been linked to the rising levels of nitrates in our water. The benefits of cover crops are not limited to better water quality, and we need to work together with farmers to make cover crops a reality for all Iowan farmers. I plan to sit down with Iowa farmers and let them take charge of the progress Iowa needs not just for climate change but for Iowa’s depleting water quality.

Renewable Energy

Iowa is a leader in America when it comes to renewable energy, and it is imperative that we keep this status for our future economy. Not only does renewable energy bring more jobs into the state it also creates a cleaner environment. Instead of taxing and putting more fees on renewable energy options such as adding electric panels on our homes we should be encouraging such changes. Expanding these industries brings a cleaner environment for us all to enjoy, more jobs allowing more people to live the American dream, and a brighter future for our next generation.