Access to Healthcare
Twenty-five percent of Springfieldians are living in poverty. When money is tight, healthcare becomes unaffordable, disease becomes untreatable, and lives are lost. Our hospital emergency departments become overwhelmed, and the entire community feels the impact. Charlie has seen too many families in this community suffer because they couldn’t get care. He will make expansion of Medicaid a top priority in Jefferson City, to make sure that no Missourian loses their life or a loved one simply because they couldn’t get the help they needed.
Charlie represented Northwest Springfield students for eight years in Jefferson City, and he knows the challenges our schools face. When Charlie last represented Springfield in 2015, the General Assembly invested $115 million dollars in our school funding formula. Last year, the contribution was only $48 million. Our schools can’t succeed if we don’t give them the money they need. It’s time for a change in leadership.
Source: “Missouri poised to fully fund its school formula, but only after reducing its cost,” St. Louis Dispatch, May 12, 2017, https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-poised-to-fully-fund-its-school-formula-but-only/article_3619a1f5-f825-5d7c-a530-7102a2df11a3.html
It’s no secret that high quality childcare is expensive and finding a way to pay for it keeps many parents from returning to work when they have children. Making sure that kids are cared for shouldn’t be a barrier to seeking work. Charlie wants to return to Jefferson City to fight for affordable, high quality daycare and increased funding for early childhood education programs.
It’s simple: If you work full-time, you ought to be able to afford to live. Too many people in our community are in low-wage jobs that don’t pay enough to meet basic needs, leaving them to have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet. Charlie stands for a living wage and dignified work for all Missourians because when working people do better, we all do better.
Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform
Right now, Missouri has no limits on lobbyist gifts to our legislators, and Big Money lines up to pick who represents you in Jefferson City. They spend millions on political campaigns while our kids, seniors, veterans, and disabled folks suffer. Legislators spend their time courting big contributions that keep them in power while they are working on our dime. Enough is enough. Charlie believes that the citizens of Springfield should decide who represents them in Jefferson City, not wealthy outsiders. Charlie is dedicated to ending these practices and being accountable constituents, not mega-donors.