Lissa believes that all children deserve access to an excellent school district. Having necessary resources for our school districts is critical, and that means both funding and well-trained and empowered teachers who are supported by strong building and administrative leaders. Children who have experienced adverse experiences and trauma need counselors and family engagement specialists, not blame and push out.
Irresponsible politicians continue to pretend this climate crisis won’t harm us and our children. In the next ten years, we must take big, bold actions and my environment policy platform outlines exactly what we must do.
Our current economy prioritizes the excesses of corporate profits over the needs of everyday citizens. Employers do not have to offer adequate wages, sufficient healthcare coverage, or paid time off. Convenient, quality child care is unaffordable. Lissa believes in the right of workers to organize and in a government that ensures employers take care of workers as people first, and growing profits second.
All patients deserve access to healthcare facilities and doctors of their choice. Insurance and prescription coverage should take a preventative approach to cover the care people need with a focus on customer service. Women deserve control of their own healthcare decisions. Seniors and people with disabilities deserve support, without a waitlist, so that they can remain independent within their homes and communities.
Lissa has seen in her own children and their friends the profound social and emotional growth that goes on long before children enter Kindergarten. It is time to capitalize on this critical period of development by ensuring a sufficient supply of affordable, high-quality early learning programs. This includes home visiting programs focused on maternal and child health, early intervention services, child care for working families, and prekindergarten education.
Supporting Individuals with Disabilities
Our government and society needs to respect the individual dignity of all people, including those with physical, sensory, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Lissa strongly believes that disability issues must be a priority for the state legislature. Lissa has a wealth of experience about disability issues that will help to ensure that Pennsylvanians with disabilities have access to the home and community supports that they need to lead healthy, high quality, and independent lives.
Ending Childhood Poverty Platform
It is unacceptable that Pennsylvania has done little to address growing childhood poverty over the last four years. Lissa believes that the role of our state government is to support all children to foster a better future for everyone. This includes programs for early childhood development and education, nutritious meals, housing, and access to counseling and trauma-related care.
COVID-19 Response Platform
Lissa believes in providing immediate relief to frontline workers to ensure their health and safety through Personal Protective Equipment and employer policies that minimize risks at businesses and job sites. Lissa supports implementing economic policies that benefit all workers both during a pandemic and after, and ensuring that we listen to scientists and experts so that we never face a catastrophe of this magnitude again.
Government Reform Platform
Too many individuals who have lost faith in our government as an institution that can bring positive change to people’s lives. I am not running to be part of a government run by the rich and powerful, and I support changing our system to be transparent and anti-corruption. This can be accomplished through fair districts, campaign finance reform, ending the “old boys” culture in Harrisburg, and expanding access to the ballot box.