Education — Stop raiding the public education fund and finally commit to fully funding our schools. This includes raising teacher pay and health benefits, making sure teachers don’t have to go out of pocket for basic supplies, equipping our classes with up to date computers, printers and copiers and encouraging more public-private partnerships. For example, key businesses can adopt a school/class room — we do it for highways. Lets do it for schools. We should encourage more programs like Junior Achievement that teaches financial literacy to kids, and Leaders in Training that provides after school programs that encourage at risk youth to apply to and go to college. We have a lot of work to do in this area. The answer is not privatizing our public schools; it’s fixing them so that they work for everyone!
Government Transparency — Government transparency is the key to a democracy. Without it, the people simply cannot trust that our government is being run honestly and fairly, according to our laws. I will support efforts to increase transparency at every level, including in Courts, the State Bar, Candidate filings and financial reporting, the applicability of open meeting laws, and other areas. I believe that having fair and transparent government is one of the best ways to honor our veterans. They did not fight for our democracy only to have it hijacked by corrupt systems and officials.