As your representative, Rick will combat income inequality by advocating for these issues:
- Health Care as a Right - Rick believes that healthcare is a right of all people and not a privilege. In the United States of America no one should die because they can't afford to see a doctor. America's health care system is broken. Rick will fight for a Single-Payer Medicare for All system that will lower health care costs and provide better services to all.
- A Living Wage for America - Rick believes that in the richest country in the history of the world no one who works forty hours a week should live in poverty. Adjusted for inflation, our minimum wage is lower than that of a worker 50 years ago. Rick will fight for a $15 dollar living wage tied to inflation that will help so many low income workers enter the middle class.
- Free Public Colleges and Universities - For District 23 to complete in a highly technical and globalized world we need the best educated workforce. Unfortunately, the cost of higher education drives students to abandon their dreams or be burdened with crushing tuition debt. It is time that the United States join the rest of the industrialized world and provide tuition free public colleges and universities to all its students.
- Climate Change and Clean Energy - The debate is over. Climate Change is real and it is affecting our precious environment as we speak. If we don't get a handle on Climate Change soon our children and grandchildren will inherit a deteriorating planet that cannot provide a good quality of life. Clean renewable energy like wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal is the pathway towards a clean environment and energy independence. Excitingly, District 23 is in a unique position to take advantage of all these renewable energies. District 23 can have one of the most dynamic economic sectors if we make a commitment to invest in our citizens and district. Clean energy jobs will provide a robust and thriving economy, while at the same time ensuring a good future for our planet and families.
Other Important Issues on Rick's agenda;
Ending Mass Incarceration and Reforming our Broken Criminal Justice System
Ending the Private Prison Industry
Fixing our Immigration Policy and Providing a Pathway Towards Citizenship
Overturning the Citizen's United Supreme Court Decision and Moving towards Publicly Funded Elections
Removing barriers to voting and push for automatic voter registration
Funding our Public Schools