Healthcare is a human right and Sara will work to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare to all Pennsylvanians, control rising costs, provide consumers with greater transparency when purchasing insurance and medical services, and pass legislation to encourage better patient outcomes and healthier communities.
For too long Pennsylvania’s public schools haven’t gotten the funding that they need to provide our children with the education that they deserve. Sara is committed to getting our public schools the resources that they need to thrive and to expand pre-k and higher education programs in our state to ensure that all of Pennsylvania's children are given the quality public education they deserve.
Pennsylvania faces a host of threats to the safety and beauty of its environment. From toxic chemicals in our groundwater and air to the conservation of our public lands, Sara will stand up for our right to a safe and healthy environment.
From attacks on union rights and a minimum wage that has been stagnant for a decade to fair scheduling and wage discrimination, we need a strong, progressive voice for District 17 who will stand up for Pennsylvania’s workers and their rights.
We in Pennsylvania are already seeing the benefits of ending the Congressional gerrymander, but our State House and Senate districts are still some of the most unfairly drawn in the country. Sara is committed to pushing for a fair and transparent redistricting process after the 2020 Census. She will also work to make sure that voting is a right that all of our citizens can take advantage of by breaking down barriers to access and fighting efforts at voter suppression.
Our criminal justice system needs a host of reforms to end the practices of mass incarceration and the privatization of our prison system. Additionally, we must invest in community-lead deterrent and prevention plans instead of the militarization of our police forces.
Sara knows that decisions about when and if a person has children are deeply personal and believes are best made privately, away from interference by politicians. Further, she sees many ways that our legislature can support family-friendly policies, such as paid parental leave, access to birth control, and wage equality, all of which would make those decisions less complicated for Pennsylvania’s families
As a Jewish woman with disabilities and a mother of children with disabilities, Sara knows firsthand the way hate and discrimination can poison our communities. As your State Senator, she will fight to make sure that our laws do all that they can to end hate crimes, prevent discrimination, and ensure that our rights are protected in education, employment, housing, voting rights, criminal justice, and every other aspect of society.
Whether we're talking about suicides among veterans or lockdown drills in our schools, it's clear: the epidemic of gun violence in our nation it out of control. Here in Pennsylvania, there are a number of common-sense reforms that we can make in our laws to help keep our communities free from gun violence.
Current laws have proven inadequate to address the unethical behavior of members of our state government. From putting limits on state-level campaign donations to requiring elected officials to take financial responsibility for harassment and retaliation claims against them, we need to return to honest, transparent, accountable government.
• Currently, the commonwealth has one of the ten most regressive tax systems in the country and ranks seventh for having the most unfair state and local tax system. The General Assembly must make fairly structuring our tax system a priority. The most urgent changes includes ending the flat tax rate, which taxes the income of the wealthiest family at the same marginal rate as the poorest wage earners (https://itep.org/whopays/pennsylvania)
• Middle class families in Pennsylvania must not continue to face the rising tax burdens that keep them from buying homes, sending their children to college and saving for retirement. Not only must the flat tax be ended, but The General Assembly must look to changes in the tax structure, including worker tax credits, a secondary earner tax deduction and higher child care and substantial medical deductions.
• All companies that do business in the commonwealth must pay their fair share. This includes requiring natural gas companies that are headquartered outside our borders to pay a severance tax. This taxation would bring billions of dollars to the commonwealth’s budget, including providing much needed funds for education, healthcare and infrastructure development.