$7.25 an hour can't pay the rent for an apartment anywhere in America, so the rest of us pay to subsidize housing. $7.25 an hour can't put enough food on the table, so the rest of us subsidize nutritional assistance. $7.25 an hour can't pay for preventive healthcare, so the rest of us pay for ER visits. History and science prove that raising the minimum wage is good for everyone - including middle-class families who have made-do with stagnant wages for far too long. And producers of consumer goods - when people earn more, they spend more. I support raising the minimum wage to a living wage because it makes economic sense. 

Living Wage


Economy

Ohio needs an economy that creates jobs and wealth for everyone. A person working full time should not live in poverty in The United States of America. Income inequality is one of the most important economic issues of our time and we must be clear-eyed about addressing it. A thriving economy where more people are making a good living is one step toward solving the opioid epidemic.


Education

Public education is a fundamental right of all Americans and provides hope and inspiration for a better life and deserves adequate funding. Paying for college should not burden students and their families with debt. I support free community college for all Americans.


Budget

We cannot reduce the deficit by cutting taxes on millionaires and billionaires while increasing spending. History shows this leads to a ballooning national deficit. This is fiscal common sense.


Government Reform

Government is not a business and should not be run as a business. We are citizens, not customers. The point is representation, not profit. Can we take lessons from business? Of course, but the pendulum has swung too far.


Infrastructure

We must plan for tomorrow's transportation needs today. This includes changing the way the Highway Trust Fund is funded - which is currently broke. Improving infrastructure also includes other forms of transportation and mobility. Beyond travel we must improve our social, water, internet, and electrical infrastructure.


Climate Change

Climate change is real, caused by human activity, and if left unmitigated poses a serious threat to our way of life. Acting now is the morally right thing to do. We owe it to our children and grandchildren.


Poverty

53% of children in Cincinnati live in poverty, 2nd highest in the nation, and 21% of children live in poverty district-wide. This is simply unacceptable. Improving our schools through adequate funding is a step in the right direction to fixing this issue.


Social Security

Congress must make sure the promise of financial security is kept for hard-working Americans in retirement. We must resist privatization. People should not need to check their stock market portfolio before deciding whether to pay the rent or buy groceries. This is the social contract we made generations ago.


Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare)

We must make sure people are not thrown off of their healthcare coverage, this means no repeal. This is no longer an ideological debate, human lives are at stake. Fix the law, don't trash it. We must also make sure Medicaid and Medicare are properly funded and extended to those who need it.


Internet Privacy

Your internet browsing history is nobody’s business and should not be up for sale. Imagine a world where you are denied a loan because the bank doesn’t like the websites you visit - this is not science fiction and your Republican representative voted in favor of that world.