I believe people deserve a living wage. I supported the raise in the minimum wage passed this year.
I believe affordable health care is critical. I supported legislation to make low cost pre-paid basic care and discounted basic health insurance plans available to citizens without insurance. Expanding CHIPS will ensure that children will have access to healthcare. I supported legislation to reduce scheduled PEIA premium increases.
I believe that we need to address public safety in the Kanawha Valley. I support additional homeland security measures for our chemical plants.
I believe people should be able to obtain mental health services. I sponsored legislation to improve our mental health system.
I believe that we should keep the PROMISE. The PROMISE scholarship has allowed thousands of our children to stay in state for school. This success has caused funding needs to grow. The legislature fully funded the program.
I believe that we must continue to grow our economy. I supported legislation to allow local governments to consolidate services if approved by voters. I supported legislation to help WV-Tech and to protect private property rights by tightening eminent domain laws.