Having previously worked in healthcare I am distraught by the high cost of life saving medications when the cost to manufacture these are pennies per dose. Healthcare should not be a luxury but a fundamental right. When our citizens are healthy, they are able to focus on what's important. Being healthy enough to pursue a career, start a family, travel and have fun will also have a positive outcome for the economy and general outlook on life for our communities.
One of the most underappreciated and underpaid jobs in the state is teachers. The children are our future, why are we constantly asking them to do more with less? I plan on looking into the budget to see where our tax dollars are going, how we can better benefit our educators, and supporting all methods of educating the future. Not only do our public schools need help, but so do schools like the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton Missouri. I will support all of Missouri's children in getting an education that works for them.
Farms feed America. As a former member of the FFA and living in the rural town of Hams Prairie, I know that family farms are important. We need to ensure family farms can stay in families while access needed monies and markets. We need to support grown here, processed here food. Support our local farmers markets, have incentives in place for buying locally produced food and goods.
Being the daughter of a Union construction worker I know the importance of having a union to back your trade. My father was able to retire before 60 with a pension, we always had great health insurance, and I knew many of the people he worked with. The union was and still is a family. Supporting our unions and their families is a top priority for me. Along with the Unions we need to encourage our youth to consider careers in trades and agriculture.