Our nation is stronger when our communities are good places to live and work, when they are prosperous, and when everyone can participate in that prosperity.
My leadership in economic development has shown that our communities and local economies have the power to create jobs that pay enough to put food on the table and save for retirement. We can harness this power with a leader in Washington devoted to creating common sense policies that work for our communities.
But right now, working families are getting left behind, especially in rural America. Poverty rates in our region are increasing and people are leaving. Yet, we see GOP tax cuts providing huge benefits to large corporations and ignoring real challenges faced by rural America. It is a tax plan that diverts resources away from working families and small businesses who need them most and towards millionaires, billionaires, and major corporations who are doing just fine.
As well as serious challenges, we face substantial opportunities. To meet these challenges and realize the opportunities, we need a leader in Washington who can help our towns and villages build infrastructure, attract investment and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, market our communities, and support sectors that thrive in our region.
Imagine what we could do if we had a Congresswoman who understands economic development in our region, as I do.
Imagine what we could do if we had a Congresswoman who has been involved with successful economic development ventures across our region, as I have been.
Imagine what we could do if we had a Congresswoman who values strong communication with local government, community organizations, and businesses, as I do.
In the North Country, my work has created and promoted economic opportunities across our region. Through partnerships with local government, businesses, and community organizations across our area, I have helped expand the clean energy sector, revitalize Main Streets, and help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses.
I want to be the voice of the North Country in Washington because I know what it takes to develop our economy.
As your Congresswoman, these are my priorities:
Support thriving sectors: Expand business opportunities in industries that thrive in our region: clean energy; small manufacturing; artisanal products; recreation and tourism; forest products; family farming; aerospace; transit equipment; defense; and biotech
Small business development: Target resources to encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses, including support services and tax reform that encourages investment in these ventures
Infrastructure: Investment in improvements that give all of our communities access to broadband, cell service, and reliable and safe water, electricity, and sewage systems.
Education: Help rural school systems find creative solutions so that their schools can remain centers of the community, and help communities fund federal mandates and programs that teach students life-skills not always found in the home. We also need more programs that enable our graduates and veterans prepare and compete for 21st century jobs. A highly-qualified workforce attracts industries and employers that pay high wages and contribute to the prosperity of our region
Taxes & Regulation: We need to responsibly levy taxes while ensuring that our regulations are well targeted and true protections, always thinking in terms of long-term investments in our nation’s future and creating opportunities for all people.
Airports: Improve and promote our international and regional airports so they attract new industries and employers
Arts & culture: Improve the use of our performing and visual arts centers, and the support of our local artists, to further anchor and enrich our communities. Performing and visual arts are an anchor for communities. They enhance the quality of life, they attract visitors, and they attract new families to the area. The arts support local businesses by attracting visitors who then shop and eat at local restaurants and retail stores.
Natural resources: Protect our natural resources so that they continue to support our way of life, attract entrepreneurs and telecommuters, and welcome visitors who contribute to our economic prosperity. This includes supporting local efforts to create working landscapes
Healthcare: Reduce employers’ health care costs by taking them out of the health insurance business: provide individuals and families the option to buy into Medicare. Support our rural healthcare system by maintaining funding for Medicaid and raising the level of Medicare reimbursements
Transportation: Innovate and modernize so that we have transportation systems that work in rural America. In some communities in our region, employers cannot recruit qualified workers because there is little or no public transportation for them
Housing: Support local communities’ efforts to create housing that workers and middle-income families can afford. Housing costs in communities popular with tourists and second-home owners are often beyond the means of teachers, shop owners, hospital employees, forest rangers, firefighters, and service workers — the very people these communities depend on for their quality of life