Investing in Economic Development
Stimulating small businesses by investing resources in fiscally responsible tax deductions and credits. Making fiscally responsible choices in tax breaks granted to big business and the amount of money and jobs they give back into the state economy. Cultivating good paying jobs for Iowans to move towards a more secure financial future.
I believe in the power of small business and the Chambers of Commerce, owning my own business and being a member of the Polk City Chamber myself, I recognize the important responsibilities that the Chambers provide. They provide resources and influence that these small businesses need when they are not multi-million/billion-dollar companies. The Chambers also create a community where businesses help and support each other.
Reinvesting in Public Education
Reinvesting in our public education from K-12, public colleges and universities, and trade school training. Education is the bedrock to an engaged and informed democracy. Investing in comprehensive sex education, financial literacy, civics, and bringing back exploratory classes such as shop, art, and family-consumer science.
We should be investing in our students and our younger generations. Under current leadership, the Iowa Legislature has taken steps to further strip our colleges and universities of funding and pushed that financial burden to the shoulders of our college students. Student loan debt is a crisis and it will only continue to escalate the more that we push the cost of education to our students.
Investing in a Sustainable Future
I believe in protecting our environment. Every day that we continue debate whether or not the science is real, every day Iowans are already taking to keep our environment clean, create jobs, and be stewards of our great natural resources. There are real solutions that people and companies are taking to do their part and there are cost effective ways that people in rural and suburban Iowa can take to become more reliant on renewable energy.
I want to work alongside professionals in the agriculture industry to create producer led initiatives and let them take the charge in creating real solutions that can help their industry become not just more environmentally friendly but become more profitable as well.