We need to give our kids every opportunity to succeed – and that means starting at a young age and continuing our commitment from K-12 through college. We need to invest more in research and development at our colleges and universities and enable students to go to college, or receive technical training, and not get bogged down with loans they won’t be able to pay off.
Preserving and creating good jobs in Idaho will be my top priority. I will work to promote a stable financial sector, encourage investment in our transportation infrastructure, and ensure that Idaho businesses – including small businesses – can recruit top talent from a well-educated and well-trained work force here at home.
The minimum wage should be a living wage. A person who works full time should not need to rely on public assistance. This is a matter of fundamental fairness and economic justice. The average age of a minimum wage worker in Idaho is 35 years old. Almost 60% of minimum wage workers are women, and 25% are parents.
Idaho is an outdoor state. Most of us like to hunt, fish and take our kids hiking and camping. I am committed to protecting our unique heritage so that future generations of Idahoans can have the same access to recreational opportunities that you and I enjoy today. I will strongly oppose any effort to sell off our public lands.
My parents were part of America’s “greatest generation.” I know how hard they – and millions like them – worked to achieve the American dream. Seniors should have the resources and independence to enjoy the quality of life we as Idahoans and Americans enjoy. Unlike my opponent, I will not waver in my support for Medicare and Social Security benefits.
Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect our country. My opponent recently voted against better veterans benefits; I would have supported that legislation. It is not enough to honor their service with speeches and parades, we must make sure that veterans get the support and services they need when they return home.
I support fairness and equality in the workplace, and I support a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. I also support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Jim Risch voted against reauthorization of VAWA. I would have voted for it.