Policy Solutions to Address Issues in our Community

I am running for State Representative to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. Mt. Pleasant, Valley, and Elmhurst are diverse communities and it is incredibly important all our neighbors

receive the representation they deserve. From working families to our aging seniors, we will not leave anyone behind!

Protecting and Expanding Healthcare 

No one in our community should have to worry about whether or not they can afford to visit the doctor. Unfortunately, I have spoken with hundreds of our neighbors who have shared personal stories about their medical debt or inability to visit their primary care provider because of how expensive healthcare is. 

 

I believe healthcare is a human right and I am going to fight so all our neighbors can receive the treatment they deserve, regardless of their economic background. 

As your State Representative, I will unapologetically advocate for:

Fighting Against Cuts to Medicaid


Over the last few years, Rhode Island has continued to cut Medicaid from the state budget (in 2016 alone, we cut more than $70 million from the program). This has led to the closure of state hospitals, nursing homes, and other primary care providers. At the same time, co-pays for Medicaid recipients continue to increase. It does not have to be this way. Instead of spending tax-dollars on “management consultants” and the privatization of government services; we can stop cutting Medicaid and further expand access to the program. When I am at the State House, I will vote against any budget cuts to Medicaid and advocate for further expansion.




Lowering Prescription Drug Costs


Each year, prescription drug prices continue to increase, forcing working families and our senior citizens to choose between paying for their medication, rent, or groceries. This is not an exaggeration as I have spoken with dozens of senior citizens who tell me they have either reduced their fillings or stopped taking their medications completely because of how expensive it is. Our state government has the ability to address the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and it is an urgent issue we have to act on. When I am at the State House, I am going to fight for: - Limiting Monthly Co-Pays on Prescription Drugs - Establishing a “Prescription Drug Affordability Board” -- an independent body with the authority to negotiate with drug companies and establish fair drug costs




Supporting our Nursing Homes


Our nursing homes are suffering from staff shortages, a lack of personal protective equipment, and inadequate support. As a result, Rhode Island has the lowest average number of ‘care hours’ in all of the New England Region. Our seniors deserve to be cared for with dignity and respect! That is why I fully support the efforts of “Raise the Bar on Resident Care” (a coalition of nursing home caregivers, clergy members, community partners, nursing home residents and family members working to end the staffing crisis in Rhode Island nursing homes). When I am at the State House, I am going to fight for: - Safe Staffing Regulations - A state budget that provides nursing homes with an adequate funding stream strictly for resident care and staffing purposes - A minimum standard of 4.5 hours of resident care per day (slightly above the federal recommendation for quality care) - Higher wages for caregivers and healthcare workers (no caregiver and/or healthcare worker should have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet)




Achieving Universal Healthcare


Even if you have health insurance this does not necessarily mean you have access to affordable healthcare. There are thousands of neighbors in our community, who have health insurance from their employer or a private provider, but still do not receive the care they need because of how expensive it is. In between health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles -- it is no wonder why so many of our neighbors are “underinsured”. We need a more efficient healthcare system that will guarantee coverage to everyone and will be more cost-effective for our local businesses. When I am at the State House, I am going to fight for a universal healthcare system that: - Removes the burden of healthcare on employers - Reduces government spending on administrative costs and shifts these dollars to the actual provision of healthcare - Eliminates out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for working and middle-class residents - Provides comprehensive healthcare to ALL Rhode Islanders





A Fair Economy for Everyone

We deserve a fair economy that allows everyone to earn a living wage, achieve economic mobility, and live with dignity. For too long, wealthy people and large institutions have gotten their way with state policy, winning tax-cuts and special favors. Meanwhile, our middle-class families, working families, and low-income communities are struggling due to the rising costs of living and stagnant wages. 

As your State Representative, I will unapologetically advocate for:

Repealing Tax-Cuts for the Rich


In 2006, Rhode Island cut taxes for the rich (the second largest series of tax-cuts in US history). As a result, millionaires have been paying the same income tax-rate as middle-class families for over a decade. Since then, we have lost over one billion dollars of tax revenue, leading to budget cuts in social programs that benefit our neighborhood. I am going to fight to repeal our state’s tax-cuts for the rich so we have the revenue to re-invest in our communities!




Raising the Minimum Wage to $15


At $10.50, our current minimum wage is not enough to support a person, much less a family. Our neighbors, Connecticut and Massachusetts, have both passed a $15 minimum wage by 2023. We can do the same for our people and help stimulate our local economy. Minimum wage workers keep our economy running (COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated this); they deserve competitive wages.




Requiring Wealthy Institutions to Pay their Fair Share


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University are examples of wealthy institutions that do not pay taxes to our state, despite owning hundreds of acres across Rhode Island. Meanwhile, property taxes and state fees continue to increase, putting the tax burden on working people and middle-class families. This is not right and it is time they pay their fair share just like the rest of us.





Fighting Against Cuts to Medicaid


Over the last few years, Rhode Island has continued to cut Medicaid from the state budget (in 2016 alone, we cut more than $70 million from the program). This has led to the closure of state hospitals, nursing homes, and other primary care providers. At the same time, co-pays for Medicaid recipients continue to increase. It does not have to be this way. Instead of spending tax-dollars on “management consultants” and the privatization of government services; we can stop cutting Medicaid and further expand access to the program. When I am at the State House, I will vote against any budget cuts to Medicaid and advocate for further expansion.




Lowering Prescription Drug Costs


Each year, prescription drug prices continue to increase, forcing working families and our senior citizens to choose between paying for their medication, rent, or groceries. This is not an exaggeration as I have spoken with dozens of senior citizens who tell me they have either reduced their fillings or stopped taking their medications completely because of how expensive it is. Our state government has the ability to address the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and it is an urgent issue we have to act on. When I am at the State House, I am going to fight for: - Limiting Monthly Co-Pays on Prescription Drugs - Establishing a “Prescription Drug Affordability Board” -- an independent body with the authority to negotiate with drug companies and establish fair drug costs




Supporting our Nursing Homes


Our nursing homes are suffering from staff shortages, a lack of personal protective equipment, and inadequate support. As a result, Rhode Island has the lowest average number of ‘care hours’ in all of the New England Region. Our seniors deserve to be cared for with dignity and respect! That is why I fully support the efforts of “Raise the Bar on Resident Care” (a coalition of nursing home caregivers, clergy members, community partners, nursing home residents and family members working to end the staffing crisis in Rhode Island nursing homes). When I am at the State House, I am going to fight for: - Safe Staffing Regulations - A state budget that provides nursing homes with an adequate funding stream strictly for resident care and staffing purposes - A minimum standard of 4.5 hours of resident care per day (slightly above the federal recommendation for quality care) - Higher wages for caregivers and healthcare workers (no caregiver and/or healthcare worker should have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet)




Achieving Universal Healthcare


Even if you have health insurance this does not necessarily mean you have access to affordable healthcare. There are thousands of neighbors in our community, who have health insurance from their employer or a private provider, but still do not receive the care they need because of how expensive it is. In between health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles -- it is no wonder why so many of our neighbors are “underinsured”. We need a more efficient healthcare system that will guarantee coverage to everyone and will be more cost-effective for our local businesses. When I am at the State House, I am going to fight for a universal healthcare system that: - Removes the burden of healthcare on employers - Reduces government spending on administrative costs and shifts these dollars to the actual provision of healthcare - Eliminates out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for working and middle-class residents - Provides comprehensive healthcare to ALL Rhode Islanders





Safe and Affordable Housing 

All our neighbors deserve a safe, healthy, and affordable home. Unfortunately, the costs of rent and housing continue to increase across our communities. Throughout our neighborhood, I have spoken to families who are concerned about being displaced from their homes because of the growing costs.

This is a common trend as more than 35% of RI households are considered “housing cost-burdened” (this means they are spending more than one-third of their income on housing). 

 

Housing affects all aspects of one’s life and our lack of affordable housing is an issue we must urgently address. I believe everyone deserves to live in a safe home they can afford. 

As your State Representative, I will unapologetically advocate for:

Prioritizing Housing in the State Budget


We are experiencing an urgent housing shortage and it is only going to get worse. The supply of housing is not keeping up with the demand and housing costs are outpacing wages. Unfortunately, we do not have a regular funding stream for housing (despite having the money to do so). Budget after budget, housing does not receive the investment it desperately needs. It is time we treat housing as a priority and provide it with a permanent/reliable funding stream! Therefore, I am going to fight for investments towards: - The construction and preservation of Affordable Housing + Senior Housing - Housing-related resources for Providence and other municipalities - “Transitional Housing” for domestic violence victims, aging foster youth, and our homeless community




Ending Source of Income Discrimination


I do not believe it should be legal for someone to be discriminated from renting property because of their source of income. With the exception of Rhode Island, all New England states have laws that protect people against housing discrimination. We need to prohibit the practice of housing discrimination on the basis of one’s income source, whether it is: social security, alimony, and/or public-assistance programs. This will ensure our communities are not being segregated and provide all people with a fair opportunity to pursue housing.




Restoring Vacant Homes in our Neighborhood


Across Providence and in our neighborhood, there are plenty of vacant and empty homes due to foreclosures. These vacant and empty properties negatively impact our quality of life through hurting nearby property values, fueling illegal activity, and being an eye-sore. Often times, these empty homes are owned by wealthy investors and large institutions (e.g., Bank of America) who have no plans to restore these properties. Instead, they are waiting for the opportunity to sell it and maximize their profit, even if it takes years. We have to hold these investors accountable and demand that they either: restore the property for housing purposes, pay an annual “empty homes tax”, or sell it to the state so it can be restored.





Investing in Public Education

All our students deserve a high-quality education, a safe learning environment, mental health services, and teachers that are paid well. As a state, we have to further invest in the future of our Providence Public School students. I am proud to stand with education professionals, teachers, students, and their families.

As your State Representative, I will unapologetically advocate for:

Environmental Justice

As the “Ocean State” we should be leading the fight to combat climate change and protect our beautiful environment. If we do not begin to urgently address climate change now, we will begin to experience extreme weather events such as droughts, severe storms, and flooding — we cannot allow this to happen.

As your State Representative, I will unapologetically advocate for:

A Green New Deal for Rhode Island


To effectively address climate change, we have to take a serious approach that involves transforming our economy and energy sources. This is why I will fight for a Green New Deal in Rhode Island that: - Guarantees clean air and water for all our communities - Puts us on a path towards 100% renewable energy by 2030 - Retrofits/Repairs our public schools and public buildings with 21st century infrastructure - Invests in renewable energy sources across our state at an affordable rate (Solar, Wind, and Hydropower) - Creates thousands of well-paying unionized jobs through the rapid creation of renewable energy infrastructure, building improvements, and investments in public transportation




Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Development


Environmental hazards do not belong in anyone’s neighborhood. Unfortunately, fossil fuel development, power plants, and commercial facilities that produce high levels of air pollution are often placed in low-income communities (with little input from the public). The South Side of Providence is a prime example of this as there have been countless facilities emitting high levels of air pollution which have been proposed and often times, approved. As a result, these communities have been disportionately affected by asthma and other respiratory health issues.
Although our neighborhood has been fortunate to avoid these fossil fuel development projects, we must stand in solidarity with all our communities across the state. Your zip-code should not determine your public health and this is why I will fight to place a moratorium on all fossil fuel development.




Clean Water for our Community


About one of every six Providence Water customers have service lines made of lead and most are located in our city. All of our neighbors deserve clean water and it is an urgent issue we have to address. After all, exposure to lead can damage a child's nervous system, causing learning disabilities, impaired hearing, and inhibited growth. Therefore, I will advocate for public investment towards repairing our water-service infrastructure.





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Providence, RI 02908

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