Our economic growth has shifted away from workers to wealthy stockholders. Wages are draining away, not keeping up with living expenses while corporate profits soar. Millions of hard-working Americans live in poverty, spending over half of their income just to put a roof over their head. We have working families with children in our community who live in their automobiles or couch surf with relatives just to survive. Talented, educated workers scramble for minimum wage part time jobs. This does not need to happen. We need better paying, family sustaining jobs.
Three areas of infrastructure need federal support, but have been completely ignored by our Congressional representatives for over a decade:
- High-speed internet is needed throughout our district, including the Sierra communities to enable workers and businesses. Schools and community colleges also are in desperate need of high speed internet.
- Investment in education also is vital. Our school buildings are old, the labs and equipment outdated. We need to invest in the teachers who will be educating our youth. This is a top priority throughout the district.
- Safe, reliable roads are needed to move people, products and raw materials throughout our district. In addition to thousands of miles of roads needing repair, we must expand existing roads and build new roads in traffic congested areas.
As Californians, we pay taxes far beyond the benefits we receive. It is time to make sure our district receives its fair share.