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Issues

Healthcare

Healthcare

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.

SARA supports:

-Giving all Pennsylvanians and their employers the option to buy into our state's Medicaid program and improving that program to provide more robust access to mental health services, dental care, vision correction, and durable medical equipment

-Encouraging medical providers to use a value-based payment model to reduce costs

-Enshrining the Individual Mandate, Essential Health Benefits, and Pre-existing Conditions Coverage Guarantee of the Affordable Care Act in state law

-Investing in creating healthy communities by increasing access to nutritious food, quality housing, and a clean environment

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Education

For too long Pennsylvania’s public schools haven’t been given the funding that they need to provide our children with the education that they deserve. Sara is committed to providing our public schools with 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.

SARA supports:

-Adequately and equitably funding our K-12 public school system

-Making pre-K affordable and accessible for all of our children

-Passing The PA Promise (SB 1111)

-Investing in the Governor's PASmart initiative to provide more young people with access to career and technical education and apprenticeships

-Expanding in-school and community meal programs and eliminating the current barriers to access

-Ensuring that our students with disabilities receive an appropriate public education

-Eliminating the broad disparity in educational outcomes for Black people and people of color in Pennsylvania

-Updating our state standardized testing system to better assess every student's individual learning

-Introducing trauma-informed curricula to our public school standards

-Providing students with greater access to therapists, social workers, and general health practitioners within the school environment

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Environment

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.

SARA supports:

-A severance tax on natural gas extraction

-Strengthening the public entities responsible for addressing air and water

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-Protecting our public lands from the ecological devastation of fracking and pipeline expansion

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Worker’s Rights

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.

SARA supports:

-A $15 minimum wage that rises with inflation

-Elimination of the tipped minimum wage and sub-minimum wage for workers with disabilities

-Fair Scheduling legislation

-Requiring Pennsylvania's employers to offer all of their employees paid sick time

-Expanding our anti-discrimination laws to include workers who are fired from their jobs on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender

-Enacting prevailing wage laws to protect the wages of our skilled tradespeople

-Encouraging union membership through targeted state programs such as coordinated apprenticeship programs with Pennsylvania's career and technical education students

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Voting 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.

SARA supports:

-Limiting political influence in the redistricting process through the adoption of Fair Districts PA's proposed 11-member, bipartisan panel

-Expanding the dates and times that in-person voting may occur

-Automatic and same-day voter registration

-Preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds

-Requiring our polling places and voting systems to be fully accessible

-Adopting ranked-choice voting

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Supporting our Families

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.

SARA supports:

- The right of every person to make reproductive health choices without government interference

- The right of an employee to make decisions about their reproductive health without regard for their employer's religious beliefs

-The right of abortion providers to operate without fear of violence or undue, targeted state regulations

-Reproductive health clinic integration in public high schools

-Sex-positive, data-driven reproductive health education

-A parental leave program that encourages both men and women to take time off of work when their children are born

-Ensuring that every family has access to quality, affordable childcare

-Requiring employers to prove that they're addressing the gender wage gap among their employees

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Equal Rights

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.

SARA supports:

- Updating our anti-discrimination and hate crimes statutes to include discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity

-Mandating insurance coverage for pre- and post-exposure prophylactic (PrEP & PEP) treatment

-Mandating insurance coverage for gender confirmation treatments

-Easing the bureaucratic processes and eliminating public notification requirements for legal name and gender change on official state documents

-Banning conversion therapy for minors

-Eliminating the 12 month deferral period for blood donation among men who have sex with men

-Requiring employers to prove that they're addressing the gender wage gap among their employees

-Banning the "Trans Panic Defense" and updating our hate-crimes law to cover crimes based on gender and sexual orientation

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Criminal Justice Reform

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, demilitarize our police forces, and invest in harm reduction and reparative justice programs to address societal problems.

SARA supports:

- Ending cash bail

- Sentencing reform to reduce maximum sentences and reclassify non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors rather than felonies

- Sentencing reduction programs that allow offenders to lower or eliminate their sentences through educational, vocational, and rehabilitative programs

- Reforming the probation and parole systems to end unnecessary supervision, limit violations leading to incarceration, and make our state guidelines more fiscally responsible.

- Ending cannabis prohibition in Pennsylvania and encouraging minority ownership in our state's burgeoning adult-use cannabis industry

- Eliminating legal barriers to using harm-reduction techniques in the fight against the opioid epidemic

- Investing in strong community resources rather law enforcement and corrections

- Ending state contracts with private prisons

- Ending the over-policing of communities of color

- Policies that allow state and local law enforcement to refrain from participating or sharing information with U.S. Immigration & Customs enforcement

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Ending Corruption

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.

Ending Corruption

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.

SARA supports:

-Limiting the influence of money in our General Assembly by setting limits on individual donations to campaigns and corporate donations to political action committees

-Creating an independent investigative body to investigate misconduct allegations in our state government

-Banning the use of public funds for settling harassment and retaliation lawsuits against elected officials

-Modernizing and improving our campaign finance and independent expenditure reporting systems and laws to provide for greater transparency

-Public financing of campaigns

Taxes

Pennsylvania has one of the most unfair tax codes in the country; families that earn the most pay a much lower percentage of their income in taxes than middle and low-income families and we still don’t bring in enough funding to cover our annual budget. The state has drastically reduced its contributions to our public school funding over the past few decades, causing local property taxes to soar and high degrees of inequality between districts. We need to realign our tax system to relieve poor and middle-class families from carrying the bulk of the tax burden and provide our state with more revenue.

SARA supports:

- A more progressive approach to state taxation that shifts the burden away from poor and middle-class families

- Lowering individual income tax rates while closing corporate tax loopholes and raising taxes on investment and business income

- Instituting a 5% severance tax on natural gas extraction

- Targeted property tax relief for low-income families

- Increased state spending on education to decrease the portion of funding that comes from local property taxes

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We the People - PA

Sara proudly endorses the We the People - PA Policy Agenda