Living in a small rural community, I see every day the importance of access to quality health care and the impacts that the lack of basic health care can have on families. Our children cannot learn if they are not healthy and our communities cannot be productive if our friends and family are too ill to go to work.
In this economic climate, major cuts to every program in our budget was an unfortunate reality. As your Senator, I heard your calls to protect and prioritize health care for the neediest in our communities. I have been a vocal and consistent supporter for protecting and minimizing cuts to Apple Health for Kids, Basic Health and programs providing services to our disabled and seniors.
I joined with my Democratic colleagues to reject Republican proposals to eliminate these important programs in our budget. While cuts in some services may be inevitable, I will continue to fight to protect the social safety net in our state for all our citizens.