Health care costs are too high, even for those with insurance. Too many hard working families are saddled with medical debt; Dr. King once said that “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” I believe healthcare is a universal right, not a privilege and every Marylander should be guaranteed access to quality healthcare. As your State Delegate, I’ll support implementing a statewide single-payer system to ensure that every Marylander has coverage and aren’t saddled with debt at a time when they’re most vulnerable.
Supporting Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Small businesses are engines of opportunity and among the best job creators in our district, county, and state. Our economic development strategy should be focused on creating quality jobs and building a strong tax base. Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a vital role in our state’s economy; my focus will be on making it easier to start and grow a business and work to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary access to credit. As your State Delegate, I’ll fight for targeted funding in underserved communities and greater support for small businesses so Montgomery County remains an attractive region to live and invest in.
Taking Care of Our Seniors
Our seniors deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. The way we treat our seniors is a reflection upon our society. As your Delegate, I’m committed to developing and implementing comprehensive plans that provide for the well-being of our seniors today and in the future. Seniors shouldn’t have to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or purchasing the medication they need. As your State Delegate, I’ll ensure we’re funding critical programs to assist seniors in maintaining the quality of life they deserve. As your State Delegate I will make sure seniors have a voice in Annapolis.
Protecting Immigrant Communities
In 2012 I was an organizer for the Dream Act here in Maryland, and I believed then what I believe now, immigrants and immigrant families make our economy and our society stronger. Immigrants play a vital role in Maryland’s economy and workforce from laborers to tech workers to business owners and entrepreneurs; but also account for billions in tax revenue and consumer purchasing power. As an immigrant from Trinidad, I was proud to support the Maryland Trust Act that protects immigrant communities from profiling and harassment. At a time when hostility towards immigrants is prevalent, I’ll continue to advocate for and defend immigrant communities here in Maryland and represent the voices of immigrant families when elected.
The level of economic inequality in the United States is alarming. Workers’ wages have stagnated for years and the right of workers to organize and collectively bargain have been under attack. In light of the national debate about how to address growing economic inequality, it’s important for us to look at what we know works: labor unions built our middle class and continue to fight for economic justice for working families. Forming a union and addressing wages through the collective bargaining process is one of the best ways to raise workers’ pay.
Too many Marylanders are working for poverty wages and struggling to put food on the table, or pay for a child’s education. No one who works full-time should live in poverty and as your State Delegate, I’ll support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour to give hard working families the relief they need. Further, I’ll work to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the most effective anti-poverty programs to ensure that Marylanders struggling to make ends meet get the hand up they need.