-- Improvement of pre-K, access to quality, affordable child care, and education funding reform. As a member of the Education Committee, I worked diligently to consider ideas that would advance all of these important measures affecting families. I will continue to find solutions and ways to pay for them.
With family on vacation in Alaska -- (L to R) brother-in-law Chuck, sister Rebecca, Debbie, sister Sherry, and nephew Scott.
Issues that I will continue to work for:
-- Universal primary care. A first step forward was enacted this session. As a member of the Health & Welfare Committee, I will continue to spearhead this important change to lower costs and provide better care.
-- Paid family leave. This was passed by the legislature and vetoed by Gov. Scott. It would provide time off with a portion of a worker's salary for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a sick relative. We will revisit this important measure for workers next year.
-- Raising the minimum wage. This was passed by the legislature and vetoed by Gov. Scott. It would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, to bring workers closer to a livable wage so they can make ends meet without having two or three jobs.
-- Clean-up of our waterways. We must face this issue with a comprehensive plan and a dedicated, equitable funding source.