I will fight for a progressive vision of fairness, equality, and opportunity.
A Fair Economy
Livable Wage: Work with other legislators to introduce a new bill raising the minimum wage, starting at $10/hour with a gradual increase to $15/hour within three years of passing legislation.
Workers' rights: Strong unions promote good wages and safe workplaces, benefiting both union and non-union workers alike. Ohio's government needs to support collective bargaining, and prevailing wage laws—and keep attacks on labor like "right to work" out of our state.
Fair-share taxes: Tax breaks for big corporations and the very rich mostly end up socked away in banks, often offshore accounts. Some investment and jobs can follow if there’s a market for expanded products or services—but this will lead to investment and jobs even without big tax breaks. If an investment looks profitable, businesses can easily obtain private loans and investment. Beginning with steps like closing the LLC loophole and raising Ohio’s minimal severance tax on oil and gas extraction, we should require big business to pay its fair share of public services that benefit everyone.
Create the Ohio Office of Consumer Protection, an accessible, transparent and streamlined “one-stop shop” to stand up for the financial interests of Ohio consumers and legitimate businesses.
Ohio should work toward a single-payer, Medicare for All system, an option reserved for each state under the Affordable Care Act. We can sweep away confusing networks, steep premiums, fees and deductibles. Replacing them with an Ohio health plan would be fairer, simpler and much more affordable. Ohioans could pay for health care with hundreds in taxes instead of thousands or tens of thousands in insurance premiums and surprise bills.
Women's healthcare decisions should be between women and their doctors, not legislated by any government.
Opioid treatment: Families and communities torn apart by the opioid crisis need help. Ohio should adopt the successful hub-and-spoke model developed in Vermont. This model has reduced overdose deaths, eliminated serious wait times for treatment, and helped guide people past bureaucracy and toward needed help. Vermont has been able to fund this program largely through Affordable Care Act resources, and Ohio should apply to do the same.
Local schools: A generation after courts ruled against Ohio’s system of school funding, the state legislature has yet to develop a solution. In fact, school funding problems have grown worse as a result of money diverted to for-profit charters schools. Ohio needs to reverse the past several years of divestment from local communities, and that must include a new system of school funding, guided by student needs rather than real-estate values.
Affordable college: Every young Ohioan should be able to attend a two-year college, tuition-free, as the first step in a long-term plan to let students attend Ohio’s four-year colleges tuition-free as well.
Eliminate mandatory sentencing laws as a first step away from unfair, costly mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders.
End prison privatization schemes: for-profit, private prisons have created incentives for abuse, rather than for rehabilitation. Ohio should end its rigged private-prison deals as quickly as practical.
Invest in Main Street: Ohio’s combination of tax cuts for the wealthy and funding cuts for local government has hurt basic services without delivering prosperity. State government needs to restore funding for local governments, and fund needed replacement of aging infrastructure like sewer systems, which will only become more costly the longer it is put off.
Broadband access: Big cable companies have pocketed public subsidies, yet want unrestricted ability to sell your data, violate net neutrality principles, and charge monopoly prices to internet users. Ohio should fund public broadband infrastructure to close the digital divide, empower small businesses, and offer better options to consumers.
Equal pay provisions, starting with government jobs, ensuring that women are paid equally for the same work as male counterparts.
Ohio’s legislature has grown increasingly hostile to reproductive rights. Our state government should quit wasting time and legal fees creating abortion bans that are both unjust and unconstitutional.
Reckoning with sexual harassment should not be a temporary moment. Ohio’s leaders need to address this pervasive problem, including within the ranks of government. Women’s reports need to be heard and addressed, sincerely and equitably, including at every stage of crafting policy responses to harassment.
Energy & Environment
Promote clean energy: Other midwestern states including Michigan have leaped ahead of Ohio in developing clean, renewable energy resources. We need to lift unrealistic restrictions that have choked off wind energy development, and establish new renewable energy standards to close the gap with peer states.
Stop fracking pollution: Our water, wilderness and even local neighborhoods are placed at risk by loose rules around fracking chemicals. Yet fossil fuel companies are currently allowed to keep the contents of these chemicals secret. Accountable, transparent rules are needed to protect our soil and water.
Big money out: A political process that should be about people and issues is increasingly about dark money. Ohio’s legislature should call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and do everything possible to level the playing field in the meantime. Our goal should ultimately be publicly funded elections so that politicians truly work for the people rather than big donors and lobbyists.
Voting rights: election laws should be written to help as many eligible voters as possible participate in our democracy. Ohio should end politicized arguments over voting rolls with a simple, accurate Automatic Voter Registration system that has worked in other states, and invest in secure, accountable voting systems.